Is anesthesia harmful?

Alexander Duz
Alexander Duz
December 28, 2012
Is anesthesia harmful?

In modern medicine, there are several types of anesthesia: general, local, regional. The latter, in turn, includes epidural, spinal and conduction anesthesia. The most difficult and dangerous for a person is general anesthesia (anesthesia). Unlike other means of anesthesia, it completely turns off the patient’s consciousness and provides amnesia (the person doesn’t remember anything about surgery). General anesthesia is used during complex operations, as a result of which the person does not feel pain and does not remember the course of the operation.

Disputes about whether anesthesia is harmful and how long it has been going on. Answer it is definitely very difficult. It all depends on the body of a particular patient and the skill of the anesthesiologist. Truthfully, you can only say one thing: general anesthesia is more harmful than useful. An anesthesiologist can always determine only after the fact how anesthesia was performed for a particular patient.

If during artificial sleep the lungs and heart worked satisfactorily,and no additional complications were recorded by the anesthesiologist, which means that the anesthesia was most likely successful. A successful anesthesia is also indicated by how “easy” a person got out of anesthesia and how quickly he began to perceive reality.

General anesthesia: harm and possible complications

Continuing the article on whether general anesthesia is harmful, let us devote a few lines to common complications caused by the use of anesthetics. Most often, patients after anesthesia are fixed:

  • nausea;
  • a sore throat;
  • dizziness;
  • shiver;
  • faint state;
  • itching;
  • headache;
  • back pain, back pain, muscles;
  • confusion

Less common complications include:

  • postoperative pulmonary infection;
  • injuries of the tongue, teeth and lips.

The most severe and, fortunately, rare complications are:

  • nerve damage;
  • anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction);
  • eye damage;
  • damage to the cerebral cortex;
  • death.

In general, the harm of anesthesia can be minimal if you trust experienced professionals who will study all the features of your body and on the basis of this will select the optimal dose of anesthetics that suit you.

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