Frequently Asked Questions About Anesthesia and Surgery

If you are having a surgical procedure done, you probably have some questions about the kind of anesthesia and pain relief medication you can expect. The American Society of Anesthesiologists wants to help you answer them. This page contains a list of some of the most common questions, and we encourage you to browse the rest of this site for more information. Even though we have answers to many questions, remember it’s best to consult with your anesthesiologist or physician about your personal situation.

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General Questions

What is anesthesia?

Are there different types of anesthesia?

What can I expect before surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What to expect after surgery?

What are the side effects of anesthesia?