These medicines give you the loss of feeling or sensation during surgery. You may be asleep or awake, depending on the type of anesthesia you receive.
You will receive your anesthesia from an anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist.
Your doctor will talk with you about which type of anesthesia is right for you. The one you receive will depend on your surgery, your medical and surgical history, and your physical health.
There are five types of anesthesia:
The amount of time it takes for the anesthesia to wear off differs for each person. You will recover from the anesthesia in a special area where nurses will monitor your recovery after surgery.
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