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Anesthesia is a way to control pain and keep you comfortable during a procedure by using medicines called anesthetics. These medicines block pain. They may also make you relaxed, sleepy or forgetful, or unconscious for your procedure.
The different types of anesthesia include:
Major side effects and other problems of anesthesia aren't common, especially in people who are in good health.
But all anesthesia has some risk. For example:
Your risk depends on the type of anesthesia you get. It also depends on your age, your health, and how you respond to the medicines used. Some health conditions increase your chances of problems from anesthesia. Examples include heart and lung problems, obesity, and sleep apnea. Taking certain medicines can raise your risk for problems. So can smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illegal drugs.
Your doctor or nurse will talk with you about the best type for you. They will review risks and benefits.
Current as of:
February 16, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineJohn M. Freedman MD - AnesthesiologyHeather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: February 16, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman MD - Anesthesiology & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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