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The risks involved with receiving general anesthesia vary depending on a person’s unique physiology and the type of surgery involved. Although rare, complications may occur.
These include lung infections, stroke and heart attack. In the most severe cases, some patients die.
A patient who died may have experienced convulsions, bronchospasms or inadequate ventilation. Doctors may not have been able to resuscitate the patient. Often, death can be traced to the wrong medications or dosages involved with administration of the anesthesia.
Infrequently, individuals have experienced excruciating pain during surgery despite having received anesthesia. Because of muscle relaxants given prior to surgery, patients may be unable to move or speak, or otherwise indicate they are in distress.
As a result, some may suffer from residual psychological disorders, not dissimilar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Temporary mental confusion may also result. In patients older than 65 years of age, as many as 40 percent may experience a decline in mental function that will persist for months.
Because anesthetics may alter brain function or cause other life-altering or life-threatening complications, you may be entitled to seek damages when wrongful death, medical malpractice or negligence has occurred.
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