What is a general anaesthetic?
A general anaesthetic is a combination of drugs that causes deep sleep. It is used for operations or procedures where you need to be in a state where you do not move and your muscles are relaxed, so that your surgeon can perform the operation safely. You will not be aware of what is happening and afterwards you will not be aware of anything that has happened.
How is a general anaesthetic given?
Most people are sent to sleep by injecting the anaesthetic through a drip (small tube) into a vein. It takes about 30 seconds to work. For some people, it may be more appropriate to go to sleep by breathing an anaesthetic gas through a face mask. This also takes about 30 seconds to work.