General anesthesia is a state of medication induced unconsciousness, frequently referred to as “going to sleep.” This eliminates all stimuli associated with your surgery after initiation of the anesthesia. Also, there is amnesia, so that you don’t remember your surgery being done. Local anesthesia is also injected after you are asleep, so when you come out of anesthesia you have no pain.
The choice to have general anesthesia is dictated by your procedure being done and your comfort level and desire. If you are unsure about your choice of anesthesia, it will be discussed at your consultation appointment.
Please review the instructions for patients undergoing anesthesia section under surgical instructions.