The idea of being placed under general anesthesia is frightening to many New Yorkers who have upcoming scheduled surgeries. While anesthesia errors are relatively uncommon, they can be deadly when they do occur. There are several things people can do to lessen the risks involved with anesthesia when they are preparing for a procedure.
Not all surgical procedures require general anesthesia. Sometimes, people can opt for a local anesthetic or a spinal block, so people might want to ask whether they have some alternatives they could choose. If it is possible to meet with the anesthesiologist, it can be a good way to learn more about what will happen and what the options are. People should ask questions about how their health statuses and age may affect their reaction to general anesthesia.