12 doctors weighed in:
Is it true you can get brain damage from anesthesia?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: No, not when the...
Anesthesia is properly administered by a trained anesthesiologist or crna.
General anesthesia today is much safer than in the past, and most of the agents used are very short acting. All vital signs are continuously monitored during almost all anesthetic administrations and complications are extremely rare.

In brief: No, not when the...
Anesthesia is properly administered by a trained anesthesiologist or crna.
General anesthesia today is much safer than in the past, and most of the agents used are very short acting. All vital signs are continuously monitored during almost all anesthetic administrations and complications are extremely rare.
Dr. Barry Press
Dr. Barry Press
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not a normal outcome
Injuries to the brain can be caused by many things including hypoxia, hyper/hypotension, and hypercoagilanility.
Anesthesiologists are trained to avoid and prevent these problems.

In brief: Not a normal outcome
Injuries to the brain can be caused by many things including hypoxia, hyper/hypotension, and hypercoagilanility.
Anesthesiologists are trained to avoid and prevent these problems.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, you can
If the anesthetic is not administered correctly or complications occur from surgery (esp neuro surgery).
But rarely does this happen during routine surgery and general anesthesia by itself does not cause brain injury. The key is to go to a reputable surgicenter or hospital.

In brief: Yes, you can
If the anesthetic is not administered correctly or complications occur from surgery (esp neuro surgery).
But rarely does this happen during routine surgery and general anesthesia by itself does not cause brain injury. The key is to go to a reputable surgicenter or hospital.
Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
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Dr. Marc Bloom
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Except in the extremes of age (new-borns and the very old) anesthesia has no know lasting effects.

In brief: No
Except in the extremes of age (new-borns and the very old) anesthesia has no know lasting effects.
Dr. Marc Bloom
Dr. Marc Bloom
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No, but
The anesthetics do not damage the brain, however if you a have decrease in your blood pressure or oxygenation of the blood this could adversely affect your brain.
This is precisely what you anesthesiologist is trained to manage.

In brief: No, but
The anesthetics do not damage the brain, however if you a have decrease in your blood pressure or oxygenation of the blood this could adversely affect your brain.
This is precisely what you anesthesiologist is trained to manage.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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