Anesthesia – Risks and Complications
Although all types of anesthesia involve some risk, major side effects and complications from anesthesia are uncommon. Your specific risks depend on your health, the type of anesthesia used, and your response to anesthesia.
Personal risk factors
Your age may be a risk factor. In general, the risks associated with anesthesia and surgery increase in older people.
Certain medical conditions, such as heart, circulation, or nervous system problems, increase your risk of complications from anesthesia.
Some medicines can raise your risk of problems too. Make a list of all the prescription and over-the-counter medicines you take. And share your list with your doctors.
If you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs, you may be more likely to have problems from anesthesia. It’s important that you are honest when you talk with your surgeon and anesthesia specialist.