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Southern DHB Anaesthesia - Southland

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General Anaesthesia

You are put into a state of unconsciousness either by the injection of an anaesthetic medication into a vein or by breathing in a mixture of gases. You will be unaware of what is happening around you and you feel no pain from the surgery. You will be constantly monitored and the anaesthetic adjusted as necessary throughout the operation.

A muscle relaxant may also be administered, which relaxes muscle and allows easier surgical access to the operation area.

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