Under general anesthesia, you are completely unconscious and unable to feel pain during surgical procedures. General anesthesia usually uses a combination of intravenous drugs and inhaled gasses (anesthetics). General anesthesia is more than just being asleep; although the patient is unaware the anesthetized brain still responds to pain signals and stress from the surgery that is then treated by the anesthesia provider. An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor who then completes a residency to specialize in anesthesia. A CRNA is a nurse with further schooling in critical care and anesthesia. While you’re unconscious, the anesthesia provider monitors your body’s vital functions and manages your breathing. The morning of the surgical procedure your anesthesiologist will discuss the appropriate choices of anesthesia for your case.