General Anesthesia Complications
General Anesthesia Risk Factors
Alternate Names for General Anesthesia:
Anesthesia - general
Every precaution is used to prevent complications. Often, medicines are given in advance to prevent certain problems, such as nausea and vomiting. Even so, complications may occur and include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Allergic reaction to anesthetic used
- Nerve damage or skin breakdown from positioning on the operating table
- Sore throat or damage to throat, teeth, or vocal cords
While rare, there is a small risk of the following complications, especially among the elderly or those with medical problems:
- Lung infections
- Heart attack
- Anesthesia awareness-a rare complication where the patient becomes aware during the surgery
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Medical conditions-heart, respiratory, kidney conditions, and diabetes
- Certain medicines-especially those that increase bleeding (eg, aspirin )
- Alcohol use -may alter the way the liver handles anesthesia
- Time of last food intake-a full stomach may cause food to enter the lungs
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia in the past or family history of adverse reactions
- Food or drug allergies
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.
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