Inhalational General Anesthesia

Inhalational general anesthesia is provided by mask. The gases used induce a state of unconsciousness. This method of anesthesia is reserved for young children who have very brief procedures done and the avoidance of an IV is desired. Due to the brief nature of the anesthetic exposure, the recovery is typically quite rapid, with low “hangover effect.”

The method of anesthesia is contraindicated in patients with a history of or family history of a rare genetic condition called malignant hyperthermia and a variety of genetic muscle disorders. At your consultation, please inform your child’s doctor of any such problem.

Please review the anesthesia instructions under the section titled surgical instructions.

It is frequently best to have a child’s surgery appointment early in the morning, so he/she does not have to fast too long after waking.