Anesthesia puts you in a deep sleep and controls pain during major or minor surgeries and procedures. It includes using various medications and close monitoring during surgical procedures to keep you comfortable. Anesthesia can affect many bodily functions such as blood flow, heart rate, and rhythm and blood pressure.
The Risks of Anesthesia and How to Prevent Them
Anesthesia is fairly safe, but "going under" can pose risks. WebMD tells you how to minimize them.
What Does an Anesthesiologist Do?
You'll meet one of these specialists if you plan to have surgery. Find out why an anesthesiologist has an important job to do, and learn about the training they get.
What Is an Epidural? Are There Different Kinds?
Epidurals can help with pain during surgery and with some types of chronic pain. Find out what happens and who shouldn’t get them.
What Is General Anesthesia?
You might need general anesthesia if you have surgery. It makes you go into a deep sleep, and you don’t feel pain during the procedure. Find out how it works and what the possible risks are.