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Anesthesia is the use of medicines to control pain and keep a person comfortable. Anesthetics are used to numb a specific area of the body (local and regional anesthesia). Or they can cause a person to be unconscious and not have pain during a procedure such as surgery (general anesthesia).
The types of anesthesia include:
The type of anesthesia used depends upon the procedure and the person's health and age.
A person who gets local or regional anesthesia needs to be able to lie still and stay calm during the surgery. Medicine may be given to help the person relax.
Current as of: February 16, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman MD - Anesthesiology & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
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