General anesthesia allows your surgery or procedure to be performed safely while you are deeply asleep or unconscious. Your vital organ functions and your vital signs will be monitored and maintained while you are under a general anesthetic. You will also receive pain medication, and your body’s stress response to surgery will be reduced as much as possible. These measures will speed up your recovery after surgery.
You will wake up (typically in the operating room) after your operation is completed, and then you will be transferred to the recovery room. If you are having major surgery such as heart surgery, you will likely wake up gradually in an intensive care unit. You will have no later memory or recall of your operation.