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.

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