General Anesthesia FAQs

What is general anesthesia?
Under general anesthesia, you will be given medications which will make you completely unconscious. General anesthesia medications will make you immobile and will keep you from having any memory of the procedure. A board-certified anesthetist (CRNA) will administer the anesthesia and monitor you during the entire procedure to ensure that you are safe and pain-free.

Will I be awake?
No, you will be completely unconscious during the procedure.

What can I expect during the procedure?
The anesthesia provider will monitor your heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, and blood oxygen level during the procedure. Under general anesthesia, you may also have a soft tube inserted into your airway after you’ve been sedated to help you breathe properly.
The anesthesia procedure typically includes:
• An IV to deliver medications.
• A pulse oximeter that is placed on the end of your finger to measure your blood oxygen level.
• Electrocardiography leads (electrodes) that are placed on your chest to record your heart rate and rhythm.
• If needed, a tube may be inserted to help you breathe.

What can I expect after the procedure?
You may feel disoriented or sleepy as you wake up from anesthesia. Your anesthesia medications are specifically tailored to prevent as many side effects as possible and to help you wake up quickly.

What kind of sedation will I receive?
The choice of sedative medication will be up to your CRNA and is determined by your medical history. Anesthesia medications can be given intravenously or can be inhaled through a breathing mask.

Are there risks associated with general anesthesia?
All anesthesia and sedation medications carry some risks. However, our board-certified anesthetists are trained to provide you the safest and best possible care.
Possible risks can include:
• Breathing problems
• Nausea and vomiting
• Allergic reaction to the anesthetic
The CRNA administering the anesthesia will be with you at all times to help avoid these risks and ensure that you are pain-free and comfortable during the procedure.

When can I drive?
When you are discharged, you will receive individualized instructions about resuming normal activities. Every patient differs with respect to the operation performed, anesthesia received, and pain medications received.