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Updated 08 January 2018

Is anaesthesia really safe?

Modern anaesthesia has become a very safe procedure, considerably safer than travelling in your motorcar.

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It is, however, not entirely without some risk and one should not have an operation under anaesthetic unless it is really necessary.

The main reasons for the ever-improving safety record are the expertise of your anaesthetist, the continually improving “cleaner” anaesthetics drugs, and the huge technological strides made in electronic devices used to measure your body’s response – the monitors.

The risks associated with anaesthesia are that in addition to affecting the nervous system, anaesthetic drugs also affect other organ systems such as the heart.

 
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