Risks associated with anaesthesia
In modern anaesthesia, serious problems are uncommon.
Risk cannot be removed completely, but modern equipment, training and drugs have made it a much safer procedure in recent years.
To understand a risk, you must know:
- how likely it is to happen
- how serious it could be
- how it can be treated.
The risk to you as an individual will depend on:
- whether you have any other illness
- personal factors, such as smoking or being overweight
- surgery which is complicated, long or done in an emergency.
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