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What is Anesthesia

The word "anesthesia" is derived from the Greek (an- without + aisthesis, feeling). Anesthesia is the loss of normal sensation, especially the awareness of pain. This loss of sensation is brought on in anesthesia patients with anesthetic drugs.

  • General Anesthesia causes complete loss of consciousness.
  • Local Anesthesia causes loss of feeling only to a small area of the body.
  • Regional Anesthesia causes loss of feeling to a larger part of the body such as an arm or leg. Examples: nerve blocks,Bier Block (intravenous regional)
  • Spinal or Epidural Anesthesia is a type of regional anesthesia that affects the lower part of the body.
  • Sedation is used either alone or in conjunction with local or regional anesthesia to calm the patient.
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