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Severe and Minor Risks of Anesthesia: All You Need to Know

There
is a risk of a severe and persistent headache following local-regional
anesthesia, but it is much less common than is thought (indicatively one case
every 100-500 injections, depending on the sources consulted); it is perceived
on the forehead or at the nape of the neck and improves in a relaxed position.
It is sometimes associated with nausea, neck pain and photophobia (discomfort
towards strong lights).

In these cases
gradually more aggressive remedies will be tried, up to resolution:

  • increased
    liquid consumption,
  • resting
    in a lying position,
  • paracetamol
    or anti-inflammatory drugs , possibly associated with caffeine,
  • stronger
    painkillers.

When
these approaches were not sufficient, after a few weeks the anesthesiologist
will resort to the injection into the lumbar region of a small amount of blood
taken from the arm, to stimulate the formation of a clot that can repair the
small damage caused by the initial injection .

Can you die from
anesthesia?

Death
is a very rare complication of anesthesia, the probability of which strongly
depends on the type of intervention; Canadian statistics estimate this risk as
comparable to that of flying in an airplane, that is drastically lower than the
one you run during car journeys (for example to go to the hospital).

Could I have a sore
throat after surgery?

In
about one patient out of five or a little more, a slight sore throat is found
that will resolve spontaneously within a few days and due to the tube inserted
during surgery under general anesthesia.

Will I feel bad
after the surgery?

Any
surgical operation can cause pain, but in recent years attention to the
patient’s well-being has been particularly valued and the anesthesiologist and
surgeon will do their utmost to reduce as much as possible the possible
discomfort in the days following surgery, through the administration of
effective pain medication.

Will I be sick
after surgery?

Nausea
and possibly vomiting are among the most common side effects of total
anesthesia, but destined to disappear at the most within a few hours and
possibly treatable with specific drugs.

Could I break a
tooth?

The
rupture of one or more teeth is a rare but possible event, which affects about
one patient every 2000, subjects with pre-existing problems, poor oral hygiene
or when for some reason the anesthesiologist finds difficulty in the intubation
phase are at greater risk.

Will I say things
under the influence of anesthesia that I would not say otherwise?

No,
with the current substances this circumstance no longer occurs; it occurred
sometimes in the past when ketamine was still used. From Dr. Grewal you will be having all the information about
the same.

Do you dream of
total anesthesia?

No,
because deep sleep is induced incompatible with the possibility of dreaming.

Is there a risk of
waking up during anesthesia?

The
phenomenon is indicated with the English term “Anesthesia Awareness”
and is a rare condition that can occur during total anesthesia (epidural and
spinal anesthesia are performed when the patient is awake) in which the
anesthetic effect is lost and the patient wakes up during surgery.