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Be on the lookout for post-anesthesia problems

On Behalf of | Jul 19, 2018 | Surgical Errors |

Anesthesia helps surgical patients get through their operations without experiencing pain or witnessing the unsettling experience of the surgery itself. However, this does not mean that after effects of anesthesia will not arise when the patient wakes up, recovers in a hospital, or even when the patient goes back to his or her home in Queens. Sometimes a person may experience harmful and even long lasting repercussions from being put under.

Webmd.com points out that certain symptoms are common after a person wakes up from anesthesia-induced unconsciousness. People may come down with a sore throat, experience itching, or feel queasy. Typically, these symptoms do not endure for long. However, if these problems persist, it is possible the patient is reacting poorly to the anesthesia.

Additionally, anesthesia can cause harm to a person’s lungs. Anesthesia disrupts a person’s normal breathing routine and quells coughing urges. As a result, patients can accumulate mucus in the lungs or experience pain while trying to inhale or exhale deeply. A surgery patient should seek to get up and walk around to help clear the lungs as soon as possible. However, anesthesia may result in a collapsed lung, which surgery doctors should warn a patient about and prepare for.

Pre-existing medical conditions may also kindle bad reactions to anesthesia. While some patients might be confused shortly after surgery, it is only supposed to last for a short time. However, if a patient has previously experienced a stroke, is afflicted with an existing debilitating mental condition like Alzheimer’s disease, or has a lung or heart disorder, anesthesia can result in long term memory loss.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists website recommends that prospective surgery patients discuss their lifestyle, prior medical history and how they maintain their health with a medical anesthesiologist. This will help a medical professional understand how the patient might react to the anesthesia. The physician may devise ways to minimize the risks of harmful side effects.

This is also an opportune time to ask questions about the surgery. No part of the surgery should be overlooked. However, professional surgeons should still proactively inform their patients about the possible risks of anesthesia and review the medical history of their patients. If necessary, surgeons may have to modify an upcoming operation to compensate for a patient’s existing medical condition.

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