Types of General Anesthesia
There are two main types of general anesthesia. Intravenous anesthesia is given through a needle. Gas anesthesia is given through a mask or tube. The type used depends on the procedure. An anesthesia provider also looks at the patient’s health, medications, allergies, medical history and past use of anesthesia to decide which type is best for the patient.
During the Procedure
Anesthesia is started before the surgery. A breathing tube or laryngeal mask may be used to help the lungs during the surgery. The anesthesiologist care team watches the patient’s vital signs. They adjust the anesthesia to keep the patient safe and comfortable.