Most people do not experience any problems following surgery and anesthesia. Serious complications of an anesthetic are very rare.
Minor and temporary side effects may be experienced in some cases. This will again depend upon the surgery performed and the overall health status of the individual.
A feeling of drowsiness is not uncommon following anaesthetic administration. It soon wears off quickly following the surgery.
Pain and discomfort:
A mild discomfort is usually felt in some cases. This can be effectively managed by medications used for pain relief.
Nausea and Vomiting:
As a result of modern anaesthetic drugs, nausea and vomiting after an operation is less common than it used to be. But there is answer to all these less common complications with improved patient care.
Complications are more likely to occur after a long Anesthesia for a major case.
This is more likely if there is a long procedure of chest or abdomen. Early mobilisation and chest physiotherapy can help in overcoming the problems.
In some units the chest physio exercises are practiced before a major surgery so that the patient is familiar with them.
Deep Vein Thrombosis:
This is another complication that can occur due to the stasis of blood in the lower limbs and the blood clotting in the veins. To prevent this early mobilisation is advised. Even when in the bed the patient should move their toes and limbs to improve the circulation.