General anesthesia puts the entire body to sleep by giving medication. It is often used during emergency surgery. It is also commonly used if a procedure would make you uncomfortable if you were awake.

Doctors trained in anesthesia (anesthesiologists) carefully balance the amount of anesthesia medications given by closely monitoring the body’s functions. Medications are used to:

  • Prevent pain
  • Relax the muscles
  • Regulate body functions

This is used so that surgery can be done without you:

  • Being aware of it
  • Feeling any pain