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I hear a lot about localized and general anethesia. What's the difference between the two?

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Rishi Kumar
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Awake vs Sleeping

Localized anesthesia is intended to block pain to a certain area of the body, but you're still "awake.
" generalized anesthesia involves sedating the patient and essentially placing them into a medically induced coma ("sleep") which is reversed at the end of the procedure.

In brief: Awake vs Sleeping

Localized anesthesia is intended to block pain to a certain area of the body, but you're still "awake.
" generalized anesthesia involves sedating the patient and essentially placing them into a medically induced coma ("sleep") which is reversed at the end of the procedure.
Rishi Kumar
Rishi Kumar
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Effects

Local anesthesia is where a medication is injected into a small area (back of the hand, face, etc) to provide numbness.
A general anesthetic is when the patient is put completely to sleep which allows larger procedures to be performed.

In brief: Effects

Local anesthesia is where a medication is injected into a small area (back of the hand, face, etc) to provide numbness.
A general anesthetic is when the patient is put completely to sleep which allows larger procedures to be performed.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Awake vs. Asleep

Local anesthesia involves injecting numbing medicine just under the skin; this is limited to superficial operations ("lumps and bumps") because muscle cannot be numbed.
General anesthesia involves administering inhalational agents to depress one's level of consciousness (+/-other meds to paralyze muscles and rx pain). Most major operations (esp in a body cavity) require general anesthesia.

In brief: Awake vs. Asleep

Local anesthesia involves injecting numbing medicine just under the skin; this is limited to superficial operations ("lumps and bumps") because muscle cannot be numbed.
General anesthesia involves administering inhalational agents to depress one's level of consciousness (+/-other meds to paralyze muscles and rx pain). Most major operations (esp in a body cavity) require general anesthesia.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Control of airway

With general anesthesia your airway will be controlled and a machine will aasist your lung function.
With a local, you breath without mechanical support and medication at the site of surgery numbs the area allowing your surgeon to work.

In brief: Control of airway

With general anesthesia your airway will be controlled and a machine will aasist your lung function.
With a local, you breath without mechanical support and medication at the site of surgery numbs the area allowing your surgeon to work.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg
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