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Is anesthesia dangerous? is there any ricks during surgery with it & how long to recover from anesthesia?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
There are risks: Anesthesia always carries some risk, which varies by type of anesthesia, duration needed, and the patient's health. Most surgical anesthesia is relatively short-acting and if desired awakening can occur shortly after the procedure. Prior to any procedure, the anesthesiologist & surgeon should discuss the specific risks of both the procedure and the anesthesia with the patient/family.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
To answer your question precisely, we need to know a lot of information about the patient's health and the type of surgery that is planned.
Jan 25, 2012
Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Very low risk: Anesthesia is very safe when performed by trained anesthetists. Just like anything, there are always risks, but they are very minimal with today's medicine. The common risks are sore throat, pain, and nausea. Rare risks are dental damage, recall, heart and lung complications, and death. You will recover most of the day following general anesthesia, but should be close to normal the next day.
Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology 47 years experience
The risk is surgery: Surgery without anesthesia is very dangerous with death from pain and shock. Anesthesia prevents the side effects of surgery. I have done 42000 cases, no death, mi, comas, recall. , stroke. Most frequent serious problems 16 broken teeth, 2 nerve damages, 22 inhaling vomits giving 3 pneumonias. Recover to responsive 5 mintues, awake 15 minutes, allert 30 minutes.Dr r refers to post op pain/other meds.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
It is very safe: The risk of general anesthesia (ga) is less than that of driving to the hospital to have the operation. Ga is thought to have a risk of death of one in 350, 000 cases or more. Advances in monitoring, medical training, drugs and support have greatly decreased the risk. The main concerns after ga are usually nausea and vomiting post op. The effects of anesthesia wear off within 24 hours.

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