There are four main types of anesthesia used during medical procedures and surgery and the potential risks vary with each the types of anesthesia include the following general anesthesia general anesthesia causes you to lose consciousness this type of anesthesia while very safe is the type most likely to cause side effects. General anesthesia is overall very safe most people even those with significant health conditions are able to undergo general anesthesia itself without serious problems in fact your risk of complications is more closely related to the type of procedure youre undergoing and your general physical health rather than to the type of anesthesia. Common side effects and minor risks associated with anesthesia most side effects of general anesthesia are minor in people who are otherwise healthy and they can be easily managed by your anesthesia care team some of the most common ones are discussed below 1 nausea and vomiting after surgery also called postoperative nausea and vomiting. Regional anesthesia has a higher risk of side effects and complications including the following temporary weakness or paralysis of the affected area headache following spinal and epidural anesthesia this usually begins within 12 to 24 hours after surgery and can last a week or longer
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