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What Happens To Your Body When You Go Under Anesthesia

Everything was going so well today. Your hair was doing that thing you like, there was no line at the coffee place, and you got to work on a little early. You even found out you're getting that promotion over Karen. Not bad! Now you're driving home, and you suddenly feel a sharp pain in your lower abdomen. Was it something you ate? Before you can think about it too much, the sharp pain hits again. By the time you get home, you're sweating. You check your temperature. A fever is setting in.

Finally, you think, "better safe than sorry." Time to put that health insurance to use.

And that's how you got here. Lying back in a hospital bed, a heart monitor beep-beep-beeping by your side, and a doctor explaining your imminent surgery. They're going to take your appendix out. You might be scared about what happens if you wake up during surgery, but lucky you, there's a drug to keep that from happening. You're going to go under general anesthesia, and by the time you wake up, you'll be right as rain. But exactly what happens when you go under? And, aside from that appendix getting taken out - or whatever your particular surgery may be - what happens to your body in anesthesia?