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What could increase the risks of anesthesia?

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2023 | Medical Malpractice |

Anesthesia mistakes can be fatal. When requiring surgery, it is essential that the anesthesiologist knows about all your health conditions.

If the practitioner does not do a good review of your health situation, it could introduce risks of an error. Certain medical conditions make it even more imperative that the anesthesiologist understands before administering the medicine to avoid complications.

Obesity

Being overweight complicates anesthesia. It makes it harder to figure out how much medicine to give you and may make it more difficult to administer the medication. Excess weight can also impact your ability to breathe, which could make the anesthesiologist’s job more complicated. Ideally, if your anesthesiologist is not well versed in administering to overweight people, they will consult with colleagues to ensure you get the proper balance of medication and oversight throughout the surgery.

Smoking

As a smoker, your lungs suffer damage which can make it harder for your body to handle anesthesia. It also makes it more likely that you might have heart issues after the surgery. The anesthesiologist needs to know you smoke to make proper adjustments to the administration of medicine.

Sleep apnea

Having sleep apnea puts you at a higher risk of complications under anesthesia because of your breathing issues. You may have a harder time regulating your oxygen throughout the procedure, which will require additional oversight by the anesthesiologist.

If you have certain conditions or lifestyle habits, the anesthesiologist needs to know. If he or she misses your condition in a review of your records, it could lead to serious mistakes occurring during administration and surgery.