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what are the major side effects of general anesthesia?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
32 years experience Anesthesiology
Many side effects: The side effects are many but fortunately short lived. Probably the most significant is post operative nausea in the immediate period after surgery, this is treatable. Prolonged "grogginess", confusion in the elderly, sleepiness, sore throat(transient) are other side effects. It is important to know that these are typically absent on day two.
Answered on Oct 21, 2018
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Dr. Kamel Ghandour
19 years experience Anesthesiology
Dr. Mackinnon is right. There can be many side effects. Remember that the side effects can be anticipated by your health history so be honest with your doctors so that they can minimize the side effects. Also remember that your doctors and nurses are trained to help you deal with and manage the side effects. Good luck.
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Dr. Rita Agarwal
34 years experience Anesthesiology
Nausea, tiredness: The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, lethargy and sore throat. Major side effects are extremely rare, but anesthesiologists monitor carefully for them. These: problems with your breathing, heart or a reaction to one of the medications. In patients with dental work, occasionally teeth can get chipped or gums injured.Sicker patients have higher risks.
Answered on Oct 21, 2018
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Dr. Ernesto Pretto jr.
43 years experience Anesthesiology
PONV: The most common side effects are post operative nausea and vomiting (ponv), sore throat, muscle aches and pains, and confusion disorientation and post operative cognitive decline, primarily among the elderly.
Answered on Oct 21, 2018
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Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
Pain and Nausea: Most of the anesthetic agents disappear very quickly. That is why patients only remember the post anesthesia care unit issues.The main postoperative problems that patients experience are pain and nausea. Both of these are easily treatable by an alert pacu staff.
Answered on Oct 21, 2018

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