Anesthesia can slow reflexes needed to maintain an open airway. Intubation helps.
Blood pressure regulation can be impacted, reducing oxygenation of organs.
Dropping Blood Pressure
Anesthesia reduces temperature regulation. Warmed IV fluids and heating pads help.
Patients can partially wake if anesthesia depth isn't right for their needs.
Waking During Procedure
Metabolizing anesthesia drugs stresses organs. Hydration and bloodwork minimize this.
Liver or Kidney Damage
While very rare, anesthesia death can occur due to underlying conditions or complications.
Disorientation, confusion and weakness during recovery leads to risk of self-injury.
Injuries During Recovery