What is ‘general anesthesia’?

Written By: Barry L. Friedberg, MD
Date Published: Fri, 2005-04-01

Regarding Dr. Wheeland’s editorial (“Office-based cosmetic surgery: How can it be proven safe?” Cosmetic Surgery Times Jan/Feb), I am inclined to support Dr. Wheeland’s conclusion that general anesthesia (GA) should probably be restricted from use in the office-based practice of cosmetic surgery. My concern is with the undefined use of the term ‘general anesthesia’ — which may have some unforeseen consequences inimical to patient safety in the office-based setting for cosmetic surgery.