Advertisement

What is the goal of giving general anesthesia?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer for the Cleveland Clinic, explains the goal of giving patients general anesthesia. Watch Dr. Roizen's video for information on overall health and wellness.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There are 3 types of anesthesia: local, regional and general. While there may be some intentional awareness with regional or local anesthesia, the goal of general anesthesia is to not only keep patients still and pain-free, but also to keep them from being aware of what happens throughout the procedure and certainly from recalling it later on.

 

Continue Learning about Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures

What are possible side effects of anesthesia in children?
American Society of AnesthesiologistsAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists
Although anesthetics can provide complete pain relief and loss of consciousness during an operation,...
More Answers
What is anesthesia awareness?
Yael S. Varnado-Rhodes, MDYael S. Varnado-Rhodes, MD
Anesthesia awareness is when a patient wakes up or moves while under anesthesia, during a surgical p...
More Answers
What is informed consent for general anesthesia?
Stuart A. Linder, MDStuart A. Linder, MD
The informed consent for general anesthesia is vital for safeguarding the patient, surgeon, anesthes...
More Answers
Does an endoscopy require anesthesia?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure that uses a camera with a light to see your gastrointestinal tr...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.