What Are the Risks of General Anesthesia?

Why is general anesthesia said to put patience in a state of coma. does this affect the brain function the way a comma might for the lenght of time a patient is under?

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Risks of General Anesthesia

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In most plastic surgical procedures performed with general anesthesia, local anesthesia is also injected in the operative site.  This decreases the patient's anesthetic requirements.  Thus, you are totally asleep but, not as deep of an anesthetic as open heart surgery.  As the procedure is coming to completion, the anesthesiologist is alerted and he/she turn down the medications and you are waking up. The typical anesthetic is a combination of intravenous medication and inhalational gases which are short acting, fast acting.  You are not in a coma.

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