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What are the risks of general anesthesia?

If you are about to have surgery in a New York hospital, you may wonder about the risks of general anesthesia, which is routinely used in surgical procedures. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP, we often see people suffering from hospital negligence who were uninformed. Making sure you understand your procedure and the risks can enable you to be a better patient and help avoid negligence issues.

According to the Mayo Clinic, general anesthesia is considered to be safe for most patients, but issues can still occur. Possible things that you may experience due to anesthesia include heart attack, stroke, pneumonia. You may also be confused after waking up. An uncommon yet very serious issue that could be possible is unintended intraoperative awareness. This is when you are awake while under anesthesia. You may or may not feel pain. This could lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unintended intraoperative awareness is very rare. It has been linked to certain situations even though the cause is unknown, and it is not possible to predict if it will happen to you. Possible things that could increase your risk of the condition include depression, heart or lung conditions and having emergency surgery.

However, you may be more at risk for any complication if you have certain medical conditions or lifestyle habits. Risks may increase if you have diabetes, drug allergies, obesity, seizures, bleeding disorders and sleep apnea. In addition, you may be more likely to have adverse effects if you have already experienced a bad reaction to anesthesia or are a smoker or heavy drinker. To find out more about medical negligence, visit our website.

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