If you are overweight or obese, it may be more difficult to place IVs and breathing tubes. Patients who are obese are at increase risks of wound infections, pneumonia, breathing and heart problems during and after surgery. Weight loss before surgery will reduce your risks associated with anesthesia and your surgical procedure.
Some of the side effects and risks of general anesthesia include nausea, vomiting, sore throat, hoarseness, muscle aches, shivering, and confusion. Major risks of heart or lung problems, awareness, drug reaction, strokes and death are usually very low.
Some of the risks of regional anesthesia may include headache, infection, bleeding, nerve damage, failed block and drug reaction. These risks are also usually very low.
Your anesthesiologist will discuss any risks that may be associated with your anesthetic plan.