What is it?

This form of anaesthesia renders the patient completely unconscious and free of pain.

General anaesthesia can be administered in two ways:

  1. It is preferable to use a blood vessel. Using an IV assures that, at any time, we can administer medications safely. The only disadvantage for the patient is that he or she will be poked with a needle before the anaesthesia takes effect.
  2. If placing an IV is difficult, mask anaesthesia can be performed. The advantage of an IV is that medication can be administered immediately. What’s more, the experience of inhaling anaesthetic gas is typically considered unpleasant.

Course of the procedure

From the moment that the patient falls asleep, the anaesthesiologist keeps the anaesthesia at a sufficient level for the duration of the procedure.

The anaesthetic monitors continuously follow and records your blood pressure, blood oxygen level and heart rate. This allows the anaesthesiologist to customise the anaesthesia to your needs during the procedure.

Centres and specialist areas


Latest publication date: 05/02/2021
Supervising author: Dr Vanoverschelde Henk