General anesthetic?!


General anesthetic?

Having abdominal surgery monday and nervous! anyone else get the nervouds too?


It is perfectly normal to be nervous about a general anesthetic and any major surgery. You didn't say what operation you are having so I cannot comment on that. However I can comment on the risk of anesthesia.

Anesthesia, general or otherwise is very safe. Serious complications due to anesthesia are quite rare this day and age. As long as you are otherwise healthy, the chances of a major anesthetic problem are remote. You are probably at more risk for serious injury on you drive to the hospital than from the anesthetic itself.

All of this assumes that you don't have any major health problems such as lung disease (asthma, COPD), hearth problems, diabetes etc. Even with those health problems, anesthesia is usually quite safe.

Good luck. I'll say a prayer for you.

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