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Risks involved with Anaesthesia

Depends on many factors eg type of surgery, health, age of patient etc

For more common reactions:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain at site of injection
  • Temporary nerve damage/numbness
  • Damage to teeth, lips or tongue
  • Asthmatic reaction

Rare but serious reactions (less than 0.1%):

  • Awareness
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney or liver failure
  • Permanent nerve damage eg to voice box, paraplegia
  • Severe life threatening allergic reaction
  • Death

Note: Anaesthesia may affect your judgment so, within 12-24 hours of receiving a general anaesthetic or sedation you must do not:

  • Drive a car
  • Operate machinery
  • Sign any legal document
  • Make important decisions
  • Drink alcohol

Learn more by going Risks and Complications in the PDF brochure link.