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Anesthesia is broken down into three main categories: local, regional, and general, all of which affect the nervous system in some way and can be administered using various methods and different medications.
Here’s a basic look at each kind:
The anesthesiologist will be there before, during, and after the operation to monitor the anesthetic and ensure you constantly receive the right dose. With general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist uses a combination of various medications to do things like:
To better understand how the different types of anesthesia work, it may help to learn a little about the nervous system. If you think of the brain as a central computer that controls all the functions of your body, then the nervous system is like a network that relays messages back and forth from it to different parts of the body. It does this via the spinal cord, which runs from the brain down through the backbone and contains threadlike nerves that branch out to every organ and body part.
Often, anesthesiologists may give a person a sedative to help them feel sleepy or relaxed before a procedure. Then, people who are getting general anesthesia may get medication through a breathing mask first and then be given an IV after they’re asleep. Why? Many people are afraid of needles and may have a hard time staying still and calm, so doctors may need to help them relax first with this medicine.
The type and amount of anesthesia given to you will be specifically tailored to your needs and will depend on various factors, including:
The anesthesiologist can discuss the options available, and he or she will make the decision based on your individual needs and best interests.
Scheduled for a hospital stay? Knowing what to expect can make it a little easier.
Knowing what to expect with surgery before you get to the hospital can make you less anxious about your surgical experience – and less stress helps a person recover faster.
Here’s a quick look at what may happen before, during, and after an operation or procedure.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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