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What is anesthesia?

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You'll get medicine, called anesthesia, so that you won't feel anything during surgery. The type you get depends on your health and procedure.

Local anesthesia: It blocks pain in the part of your body where you have surgery. You'll still be awake and alert.

Regional: You're injected with medicine that numbs the whole area of your body where the surgery takes place.

General: It puts you to sleep during your operation. You get this type of medicine through an IV in your vein or by breathing into a mask.

From: What Happens in Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Surgical site infection: prevention and treatment of surgical site infection."

CDC: "FAQs About Surgical Site Infections."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Types of Anesthesia and Your Anesthesiologist," "The Surgical Team," "What to expect the day of surgery."

Kish Health System: "When You Arrive at the Hospital for Surgery."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "The Day of Your Surgery."

Sutter Health: "Abdominal Surgery: What to Expect While You are in the Hospital."

University of Chicago Medicine: "What to Expect When You Have Surgery."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Surgical site infection: prevention and treatment of surgical site infection."

CDC: "FAQs About Surgical Site Infections."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Types of Anesthesia and Your Anesthesiologist," "The Surgical Team," "What to expect the day of surgery."

Kish Health System: "When You Arrive at the Hospital for Surgery."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "The Day of Your Surgery."

Sutter Health: "Abdominal Surgery: What to Expect While You are in the Hospital."

University of Chicago Medicine: "What to Expect When You Have Surgery."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 08, 2018

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