Some surgeries require that a patient is placed under anesthesia to have a procedure completed. It is imperative that these patients are properly monitored throughout the entire time they are under. If there are any issues, they must be addressed right away.
There are several things that might happen due to the anesthesia. Even though some of these are fairly rare, it is still important to be aware of them.
During the procedure, there is a chance that the person’s heart might be impacted. Changes in blood pressure and altered heart rhythms can have an impact on other organs. This is one of the reasons why vital signs are monitored constantly when the patient is under.
Being put to sleep for a procedure means you will need to be intubated so the machines can breathe for you. There is a risk of your teeth being hit by the tube or that your throat will be irritated. While some discomfort is possible, there are times when something more serious is going on. Teeth can be knocked out and your larynx or throat might be damaged.
Some people are very sensitive to the effects of anesthesia. This can trigger a reaction that might delay the healing after the procedure is completed. Watching for signs of delayed healing in the post-operative period might make this easier to discover.
Neurological complications and nerve damage are also possible. These are rare, but post-operative care must include evaluations to determine if either of these occurred.
The road to recovery after a surgery is already difficult. These surgical complications can make it harder. If you suffered a negative effect due to medical malpractice, you might opt to pursue a legal claim.