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Surgical* procedures require an understanding of the forms of anesthesia available and how they correspond to any surgery.

Invasive* procedures require a good understanding of anatomical layers and the hazards of performing the procedure.

Reduction* procedures require an understanding of the injury mechanism, its effect on the structures and the manipulation required to reverse the injury.

Airway* procedures require an understanding of the urgency of the situation, the precise anatomy and any potential complications. Backup procedures need to be ready to be used.

Most procedures require follow-up investigations* to confirm the success of the procedure and the absence of complications (cost and other factors such as irradiation* should be taken into account when selecting such investigations).

Reading images may require knowledge of sectional anatomy*.

There is an old rule - 'see one, do one, teach one*'.

The surgeon has the advantage of a choice of anesthesia techniques and agents suited to the proposed operation - but the decision should be made in conjunction with the anesthesiologist (if involved).

The surgeon can concentrate on the operation if the anesthetic duties are left to the anesthesiologist. Co-operation is vital.

The aim of general anesthesia (GA) is to provide unconsciousness, analgesia and amnesia for surgical procedures or critical care.

It involves:

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