Home > Medical > Anaesthesia > About anaesthesia About anaesthesia All sections in Anaesthesia » About Anaesthesia » Common post-operative problems » Conscious Sedation » FAQs » Health Tips » More on Anaesthesia » Obstetric Anaesthesia » Other » Real-life Story » The Equipment » The General Anaesthetic » The Journey » The Team Types of anaesthesia and your choice When you need an operation there is often a choice of what sort of anaesthetic is needed to enable the surgeon to perform the operation. Local anaesthesia This is the simplest form of anaesthesia. Is anaesthesia safe? Modern anaesthesia has become a very safe procedure, considerably safer than travelling in your car. Ask CyberDoc » Talk Body Talk forum » Quiz Are you addicted to painkillers? » Follow Health24 on Twitter » Become an organ donor Medicines that changed history Conscious sedation This is a very light form of anaesthesia where the patient does not even lose consciousness. Epidural and spinal anaesthesia Local anaesthetic applied to the space around the spinal cord (an epidural) or injected into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord (a spinal) will anaesthetise a large area of the lower body depending on how much is injected and where it is injected. What is anaesthesia? “Anaesthesia” means without feeling, and is what is necessary when someone has to undergo a surgical operation or some other painful procedure on the body. “Analgesia” means without pain. A general anaesthetic General anaesthesia consists of three parts: narcosis, analgesia and muscle relaxation. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.