Although you cannot die from general anesthesia, general anesthesia is most likely to cause side effects. The most common side effects are vomiting, nausea, chills, itching, and mental confusion for a few days after the use of the anesthetic. Since a breathing tube is used, it is also possible to get a sore throat afterwards.
It is also possible to have more unusual side effects resulting from anesthesia. Old people with certain conditions like Azheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease can be at risk of problems with memory and learning after the anesthetic, but this is quite rare. Another rare side effect is hyperthermia where a person develops a severe fever in response to the anesthesia. When this occurs, it is usually in patients prone to heatstroke.
As a result, it is possible to get injured by general anesthesia and temporary unpleasant side-effects, but generally one will not die from general anesthesia if it is being properly applied
No, you can’t die from general anesthesia 🧐. Modern-day anesthesia is very safe. Although, it can cause serious injuries in rare and extreme cases where its administration goes wrong. It has a very low probability, around 1 in 7 million 😊.
Basically, in general anesthesia, patients are put in a sleep-like state before going for any medical treatment or surgery by giving an injection. General anesthesia is far away from going nearly dead state. It’s just the fear of patients that kills them as they believe they will never wake up from this artificial sleep 😵.
However, some people might face some of the potential side effects of general anesthesia such as temporary memory loss, headache, nausea, vomiting, sore throat etc. You might be shocked to know that even ill patients can undergo general anesthesia safely. In fact, the risk of having any of the above-mentioned side effects doesn’t depend on the type of anesthesia but on the type of procedure you are undergoing and your overall physical health.
Note: None of the side effects caused by anesthesia are ever-lasting or long term effects. They last for a few hours or one to two days 😊.