Anesthesia can be considered to be one of the greatest medical innovations ever because it is only because of anesthesia that we are now able to perform much more complex surgeries that can stretch out to 18-24 hours even. Given how necessary and important a role anesthesia plays during surgery, you want to have anesthesiologist present at all time during the surgery to make sure that everything is going smoothly.

An anesthesiologist will go over all of the details and complications of anesthesia along with the potential risks with you before the start of the surgery, and yes, there are a number of things that can go wrong. First of all, the anesthesiologist might give you too low a dose of anesthesia, which might cause the patient to gain consciousness during the surgery, and this can cause the patient to go under shock or even be traumatized because of it. Secondly, too much anesthesia can result in dizziness, temporary memory loss, inability to pass urine, and in more severe cases can potentially lead to brain damage as well.

This is why an anesthesiologist needs to be really careful when administering a dosage to the patient. Moving on, the anesthesia machine set up can also be at risk of problems. In fact, you can see more on the subject of anesthesia machine glitches online, and you can easily come across articles that will recall the incident where a software glitch almost put a lot of patients’ lives at risk, and how something as simple as plugging in your smartphone or smart device in the USB outlet of the anesthesia machine could end up with the patient potentially dying from hypoxia, and given how medical staff does tend to use their phone during surgery, it is a scary thought.

Where Anesthesia Can Go Wrong