Besides general anesthesia, other forms of anesthesia may provide only light sedation or use injections to numb only a small area (local anesthesia) or a larger region (regional anesthesia) of your body.
Your doctor will discuss with you the risks and benefits of the various options for anesthesia. He or she may recommend general anesthesia for procedures that:
- Take a long time
- Include significant blood loss
- Expose you to a cold environment
- Affect your breathing, such as chest or upper abdominal surgery