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Anesthesiology, as defined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery. According to the ASA, each year more than 45 million anesthetics are given to patients in the United States.

People who might need information about anesthesia include:

  • Surgical patients
  • Patients undergoing painful or uncomfortable non-surgical procedures - e.g. endoscopy, colonoscopy, MRI studies
  • Children (and their parents) undergoing various procedures which an adult might handle without anesthesia, but which is much easier and safer to accomplish with anesthesia


Understanding Anesthesia

  • A Closer Look at Anesthesia and the Brain
  • An Online Pre-Anesthesia Interview
  • Anesthesia and Muscle Pain
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Anesthesia
  • Intravenous Catheter Complications
  • Methods of Anesthesia
  • Midazolam (Versed®)
  • Special Considerations for Outpatient Surgeries
  • Surgical Patients: What You Can Expect From Anesthesia
  • What is Anesthesiology?
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  • Commonly Asked Questions

  • Can Anesthesia Cause Future Memory Loss?
  • Can Anesthesia Cause My Hair to Fall Out?
  • Can I Get a Colonoscopy Without Sedation?
  • Colonoscopy with Propofol or with Nothing?
  • Cumulative Effects of General Anesthesia?
  • Is There An Alternative to Anesthesia?
  • Why am I Having Difficulty Urinating?
  • Could I be Allergic to Anesthesia?
  • How Conscious Am I in Twilight State?
  • Is Low Blood Pressure Normal After Surgery?
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  • Additional Information

  • Complications
  • Research Studies
  • Info by Age, Ethnicity, Sex
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    Case Western Reserve University

    Last Updated: Oct 14, 2015