Anesthesia Risks and Complications

The specific risks of anesthesia vary with the kind of anesthesia, type of surgery (elective or emergent), and patient specific factors, including age and pre-existing medical conditions. The risk of long-term complications, including death, from anesthesia itself is very small. Complications are more closely related to the surgical procedure and a patient’s general health. Most healthy people tolerate general anesthesia without issue. Those who do suffer side-effects or complications typically have mild, transient symptoms that are easily managed.

  • Postoperative delirium or cognitive dysfunction
  • Malignant hyperthermia
  • Breathing problems
  • Short term damage to nerves
  • Damage to the mouth, teeth, lips or tongue
  • Allergic reaction, for example, asthma attack.

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