When people undergo surgeries, they are usually put down with anesthesia in order not to feel the pain. General anesthesia is the most common type doctors use for surgical procedures because they feel it is much safer and comfortable for you to be unconscious.
When it comes to this type of anesthesia, doctors provide people with sedation through inhaled or intravenous medications. Other types of anesthesia are regional which is used to numb only one part of your body, usually below the waist, and local, which is used to numb a small area of your body.
Your individual condition has huge role when it comes to side effects of general anesthesia. Luckily, most of the side-effects clear up within 24 hours or so. On the other hand, when it comes to deep anesthesia, it can have subtle but long-lasting side effects.
Regional or general anesthesia usually causes drowsiness, dizziness and headaches. They are most commonly used for operations like hip replacement, Caesarian section or bladder operations which involve the lower body. The injection is given in the back which causes a leakage of the spinal fluid through the punctured hole.
Nausea and Vomiting
Postoperative nausea and vomiting are results from general anesthesia. The first 24 hours are the most critical and this is the time when PONV occurs, but it can last for a few days more. The type of surgery, motion and the medications given after the surgery are the main triggers for PONV.
Chills and Shivering
Hypothermia or chills and shivering is yet another side effect from surgery. It usually affects patients after they wake up from the anesthesia. It is a result from the anesthetic inhibiting the body’s thermoregulatory capability and it causes a lot of discomfort in patients recovering from general anesthesia.