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What are the ways that general anesthesia can be dangerous?

When you're going in for surgery in Rhode Island, you are probably nervous enough without having to worry about having an adverse reaction to general anesthesia. The dangerous side effects of anesthesia are fortunately rare, but adverse events occur enough times to be a concern to patients and medical professionals alike.

general anesthesia is the type that puts patients completely under during surgery. Some of the complications related to anesthesia may include the following:

  • Temporary confusion or disorientation
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Fatal reactions
  • Briefly waking up during surgery or becoming fully conscious and able to feel pain but unable to move or speak

It should be noted that the last point is extremely rare, but is traumatic enough that those who experience it may later suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

You may be at an increased risk for an anesthesia problem if you have obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension, obesity or drug allergies. Other risk factors include having medical conditions that involve your lungs, kidneys or heart, taking medications that may increase bleeding or frequent smoking and drinking. Errors during anesthesia may occur if the anesthesiologist administers a higher or lower dose than needed or if you are not properly monitored during surgery.

It is important to discuss with your doctor the risks you may face during surgery, including the risks of the surgery itself as well as anesthesia complications. This information may be help you become better informed, but should not substitute for legal advice.

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