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Complications During Anesthesia Use in Patients

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San Jose medical malpractice lawyersWhen you go through a medical procedure, chances are anesthesia will be used to keep you from feeling any pain. There are a couple different types of anesthesia that can be used and the type of procedure you are having usually determines the kind of anesthesia that is administered. Anesthesia has been widely used since 1842 and is commonplace in the medical field, but it does not come without its dangers. As with any drug, there is a proper dosage for anesthesia - anything less and you might not get the desired pain-free effects, but anything more and you could be looking at a fatal overdose. Using anesthesia takes much practice and knowledge, as the human relationship to anesthesia is rather fragile.

Types of Anesthesia

There are three kinds of anesthesia that are used on patients:

  • General anesthesia;
  • Regional anesthesia; and
  • Local anesthesia.

The difference between the three is mainly how strong they are and how they affect your consciousness. General anesthesia is typically used when surgery is involved, regional anesthesia is used for larger areas of the body but not the entire body, like an epidural and local anesthesia is used to numb a small area, such as when you have a cavity filled.

General Anesthesia Complications

The majority of complications that arise from anesthesia can be attributed toward improper use. Anesthesiologists are responsible for keeping you safe and comfortable while you are under anesthesia and making even a minor mistake can result in great consequences. Examples of possible complications can include:

  • Asphyxiation;
  • Tracheal damage;
  • Hypertension;
  • Myocardial infarction;
  • Coma;
  • Stroke;
  • Brain damage; and
  • Death.

A Santa Clara County Anesthesia Malpractice Attorney Can Help

General anesthesia is a strong and dangerous drug that can cause serious side effects if misused. Doctors are humans and can make mistakes, but those mistakes come at a severe cost. If you have suffered an injury from an anesthesia mistake, you should contact a San Jose anesthesia malpractice lawyer. Contact Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. to discuss your case and begin an evaluation. Call the office at 408-289-1417 to schedule an appointment.

Sources:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265592.php

https://www.asahq.org/whensecondscount/anesthesia-101/effects-of-anesthesia/

 

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