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Advantages and Disadvantages of Anesthesia

It is essential that you must take an active role in your medical decisions, especially while undergoing any minor or major surgery. Well as you know that anesthesia plays an important role in the surgery, as it controls pain levels so that the patient don’t have to experience an unbearable pain during the surgery. It will be good that you don’t leave this decision to your surgeon or doctor anesthesia (anesthesiologists)

It is important that you must be informed and have complete knowledge regarding the advantages and disadvantages to choosing General Anesthesia.Well general anesthesia is a state produced when a patient receives medications that create a controlled but reversible state of unconsciousness. When the patient is given a dose of general anesthesia they cannot be awakened even in the secondary pain stimulus.

During this phase, patients don’t have the ability to remember what all happened during the operation and are also unable to maintain adequate airway protection during the surgery so a ventilator is needed. Beside this, some drugs such as barbiturates & hypnotic agents are also used as general anesthesia to induce sleep. A strong dosage of these drugs can put the patient for a long sleep.



  • Reduces intraoperative patient awareness and recall.
  • Helps in muscle relaxation for an extended period of time allowing doctors to operate the way they wanted
  • Facilitates the need of ventilator, which helps in maintaining complete control over airway, breathing and circulation.
  • Can be administered rapidly as in the case of an emergency and it is reversible.


  • General anesthesia is also capable in inducing physiologic fluctuations
  • Moreover they also require increased complexity of care and associated costs.
  • Some lesser disadvantages are nausea, vomiting, sore throat, headache, shivering and a delayed return to normal mental function.

Well it will be good that you give you provide genuine medical history so that doctors can proceed keeping in mind your previous health related issues. So talk to your doctor and your anesthesiologist about the procedure and make an informed and wise choice as to what is best for you.

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