General anesthesia

  • Ralph Gertler
  • Girish P. Joshi


Patients eligible for ambulatory anesthesia must achieve discharge criteria rapidly after completion of the surgery. Therefore, the anesthetic technique used should allow early recovery and reduce common postoperative complications, in particular pain, nausea, and vomiting. The choice of anesthetic technique (i.e., general versus regional anesthesia) can be an important determinant of the recovery after ambulatory surgery.1 A recent meta-analysis suggests that regional anesthesia techniques reduce postanesthesia care unit (PACU) use and postoperative nausea and pain; however, they do not reduce the time to home-readiness. 2 Overall, general anesthesia continues to be the mainstay of ambulatory anesthesia practice.


Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Tracheal Intubation Laryngeal Mask Airway Pressure Support Ventilation Ambulatory Surgery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph Gertler
    • 1
  • Girish P. Joshi
    • 2
  1. 1.Technical University of the State of BavariaGerman Heart CentreMunichGermany
  2. 2.University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasDallasUSA

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