Risks and complications from general anesthesia continued...
vomiting are more likely with a lengthy procedure and also with certain types of procedures, such as eye or abdominal surgery. In most cases, nausea after anesthesia doesn't last long and can be treated with
medicines called antiemetics. Vomiting may be a serious problem if it causes pain and stress or affects surgical incisions.
Other serious risks of general anesthesia include changes in
blood pressure or heart rate or rhythm, heart attack, or
stroke. Death or serious illness or injury due solely
to anesthesia is rare and is usually also related to complications from the
Some people who are going to have general anesthesia express
concern that they will not be completely unconscious but will "wake up" and
have some awareness during the surgical procedure. But
awareness during general anesthesia is very rare. Anesthesia specialists devote careful attention and use many methods to