Common Side-Effects of Anesthesia Include:
- Temporary confusion and memory loss
- Lightheadedness and dizziness
- Difficulty passing urine
- Bruising and tenderness where IV was placed
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chills, shivering
- Sore throat
The different forms of anesthesia can result in short-lived side-effects. They will generally resolve on their own, over the first day or two. Many patients will feel disoriented, groggy, and a little confused when waking up from general anesthesia. This is particularly true for older adults. Some other common side-effects can include a sore throat, chills, and constipation. While more serious complications are less common, they can occur. These include abnormal heartbeat, increase or decrease in blood pressure, and breathing problems.
To ensure a safe procedure, patients should openly discuss any known allergies to anesthesia or presenting conditions with their surgeon and anesthesiologist during the consultation appointment. Keep in mind, even though many of these facts may seem innocent, they can pose a serious risk when under the effects of anesthesia.
Before going under anesthesia, tell your doctor about:
- All current and past health conditions
- Any prescription medications you are taking
- All over-the-counter medicines, supplements, and herbal remedies that you currently take or have taken in the past
- Known allergies to food, environment, latex, and medications
- Cigarette smoking
- Alcohol consumption
- Use of recreational drugs
- A family history of reactions to anesthesia
The safety of anesthesia has significantly improved over the years, thanks to game-changing advances in technology and medicine, as well as the extensive training anesthesiologists receive. The more informed a patient is regarding their surgical procedure and the options in anesthesia, the calmer and more reassured they will be, ensuring a smoother surgery and easier recovery.
Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery teams with the finest anesthesiology providers in Houston, offering the highest level of competence and safety available. In addition to years of surgical experience, our anesthesiologists are board-certified members of specialized medical societies such as the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Texas Medical Association (TMA), and the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists (TSA).