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I have never had a general anesthetic before and i'm quite worried about it. What are the real risks? How can I minimize them?

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In brief: Proper evaluation

Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will only recommend a general anesthetic for elective surgery if you are healthy enough to receive it.
If you are over 50 years old you will have appropriate pre-op testing such as ekg and chest x-rays. Only then will the general anesthetic be used and consequently this procedure is quite safe.

In brief: Proper evaluation

Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will only recommend a general anesthetic for elective surgery if you are healthy enough to receive it.
If you are over 50 years old you will have appropriate pre-op testing such as ekg and chest x-rays. Only then will the general anesthetic be used and consequently this procedure is quite safe.
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