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Understanding the Risks of Anesthesia

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Updated June 10, 2014

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All Anesthesia Has Risks
Patient taking anesthetic
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In addition to the general risks of surgery, anesthesia given during surgery to help sedate you and control pain poses its own risks. While anesthesia is considered safe for both adults and children, no anesthesia is risk-free, just as no surgery is risk-free.

The level of risk varies with your procedure, the age and health and the type of anesthesia. Your surgeon or anesthesia provider should give you an accurate assessment of your personal risk.

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