Every precaution is used to prevent complications. Often, medications are given in advance to prevent certain problems, such as nausea and vomiting. Even so, complications may occur. These may include:
- Allergic reaction to anesthetic used
- Nerve damage or skin breakdown from positioning on the operating table
- Sore throat or damage to throat, teeth, or vocal cords
- Lung infections
- Anesthesia awareness—a rare complication where the patient becomes aware during the surgery
- Heart attack
Certain factors can increase your risk of complications. Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors such as:
- Drinking alcohol
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
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