Anesthesia is a combination of medicines that block the feelings of pain sensation and minimize awareness during surgery. You will receive other pain medicine to give you pain relief during and after surgery.

Before surgery you will meet your anesthesia care team, an anesthesiologist or a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). They will review your medical history and talk with you about your anesthesia options. Your anesthesia care team will come up with a plan to best take care of you.

Anesthesia is given to you by intravenous (IV) line and by breathing it in (inhaling) through a mask. A breathing tube helps you breathe oxygen while you are under anesthesia.  Side effects of anesthesia include sore throat, headache, hoarseness, upset stomach (nausea), drowsiness and dry mouth.  Tell a member of your health care team if you have any of these side effects.

Pain management after surgery

These four videos review pain expectations, rating your pain, pain treatment options and home pain management.

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Knee Replacement, seventh edition, ortho-ah-90140
First Published: 10/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 02/01/2020