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.


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