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What is Anesthesiology?
Anaesthesia refers to the practice of administering medications by injection or by inhalation (breathing in) that block the feeling of pain and other sensations, or that produce a deep state of unconsciousness that eliminates all sensations, which allows medical and surgical procedures to be undertaken without causing undue distress or discomfort.
​There are various types of anaesthesia. The type of anaesthesia you may have depends on your medical condition and the type of surgery. Your anaesthesiologist will advise you on the appropriate type of anaesthesia after discussion with you and the surgical team.
​Conscious sedation
Conscious sedation is defined as a medication-induced state that reduces the patient’s level of consciousness during which the patient can respond purposefully to verbal commands or light stimulation by touch.
Regional anaesthesia is an umbrella term used to describe nerve blocks, epidural and spinal blocks. Regional anaesthesia involves the injection of local anaesthetic in the vicinity of major nerve bundles supplying body areas, such as the thigh, ankle, forearm, hand or shoulder. Regional anaesthesia may be used on its own or combined with general anaesthesia or conscious sedation.
General anaesthesia
General anaesthesia produces a drug-induced state where the patient will not be conscious and will not respond to any stimuli, including pain.
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