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Understanding the Risks of Anesthesia

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Updated June 10, 2014

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Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are the most common side effects of anesthesia, but both are far better controlled after surgery than they were in the past. IV medications can now be given at the first hint of nausea to control the symptoms and prevent vomiting, which can cause significant stress on surgical incisions.

Some anesthesia providers actually provide anti-nausea medications at the end of surgery to help prevent nausea during the early part of recovery from anesthesia.

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