Risks Associated With Anesthesia
For everyone who has undergone surgery, you understand the benefits of anesthesia. Anesthesia is a drug that numbs your body so that you will not feel pain during a surgical process. There are different types of anesthesia, and the type administered will depend on the type of procedure taking place and degree of numbness necessary. Altogether, though, there are different risks that come with varying types of anesthesia.
Types of Anesthesia
Basically, there is local, regional, and general anesthesia. Local anesthesia only affects the small area that needs work. You are still awake after you receive this; it is typically administered by a shot right by the area that should be numbed.
Next, regional anesthesia numbs a larger portion of the body, such as a whole arm, leg, or half of the body. For example, an epidural works to block a whole group of nerves during the delivery of a baby. While regional anesthesia leaves you still awake, doctors may choose to give you a sedative to keep you calm during your procedure.
Lastly, general anesthesia is the type of the drug that puts you completely asleep during your surgery. You are not aware of anything, and anesthesiologists and the medical team must watch you closely when you are in this state.
The Dangers of Anesthesia
There are several dangers of anesthesia, including:
- Allergic reactions
- Breathing problems
- Nerve damage
- Temporary weakness or paralysis
- Heart problems
- Nausea and/or vomiting
When anesthesiologists fail to safely administer anesthesia, it can result in severe health problems which may even lead to death. If you or someone you know has suffered from anesthesia mistreatment, you should speak to a medical malpractice lawyer about your options.
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