What is Anesthesia?

Modern anesthesia is a relatively safe and uneventful means of providing pain relief during and after surgery. There are three main types of anesthesia: general, regional and local.

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Effects of Anesthesia

Anesthesia is generally very safe, but like all medical interventions, it can cause side effects both during and after the surgery or procedure. Most of these side effects are minimal and don’t last long, but there are some more serious possible side effects that patients should be aware of.

Possible Anesthesia Side Effects

  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Sore Throat
  • Delirium or Memory Loss
  • Muscle Aches
  • Itching
  • Hypothermia or Hyperthermia
  • Headaches
  • Injection-Site Soreness
  • Difficulty Urinating
  • Hematoma
  • Pneumothorax
  • Nerve Damage 

By working with a physician anesthesiologist, you can discuss ways to mitigate negative side effects and monitor your body’s reactions to the anesthesia.

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