General surgery covers a wide range of procedures that are usually carried out under a general anaesthetic. The anaesthetic will be administered by an anaesthetist who will also be responsible for monitoring your wellbeing during the surgery.
You will usually need a general anaesthetic for this kind of surgery. The anaesthetic is a drug that can block pain signals and keep you asleep during the operation. Some kinds of general surgery can be carried out with a regional anaesthetic or epidural, but you will usually need to be asleep.
If you are having a general anaesthetic, it will be given to you by the anaesthetist before the procedure. The anaesthetic is administered through an IV drip or breathing mask and it will quickly send you to sleep. You won’t be aware of anything that happens until you wake up in recovery after the procedure is over, but your anaesthetist will be looking after you throughout the operation.
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