Understanding the Risks of Anesthesia
General anesthesia is a necessary component of surgical procedures to ensure patients do not feel pain during surgery. Being put under general anesthesia can be described as being in a state of very deep sleep. Anesthesia works by causing the brain to cease responding to pain signals and reflexes. Thankfully, general anesthesia is very safe and effective in most cases and most people who undergo anesthesia come out with no problems at all. However, it could pose neurological issues for the patient when complications arise. Here are the risks involved.
What is General Anesthesia?
Before understanding how anesthesia can pose neurological risks for patients, it’s first essential to know how general anesthesia works. Administering general anesthesia involves combining medications, intravenous drugs, and inhaled gases. An anesthesiologist is a specially trained medical professional who administers the anesthesia, monitors the patient’s vital functions, and manages patients breathing while under.
Common Neurological Complications Related to Anesthesia
While general anesthesia is typically safe, there are many reasons people could be at a higher risk of complications, such as their health status or medical errors. Complications from anesthesia can cause injuries to the central and peripheral nervous system and are often permanent. The following are the most common neurological complications related to anesthesia
- Postoperative cognitive decline
- Spinal cord ischemia
- Postoperative visual loss
Read on to learn what to do if you or a loved one were harmed after undergoing general anesthesia.
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