These may include nausea and vomiting, headache, dizziness and pain. Please alert a nurse in recovery if you are feeling any of these common side-effects.
Less Frequent Complications
These include temporary breathing problems, muscle pains, asthma reactions, temporary nerve damage, awareness during the operation, damage to teeth or dental prosthesis, hoarseness or difficulty speaking, lip or tongue injury and epileptic seizures.
Rare Serious Complications
These include allergic reactions to anaesthetic drugs, unusual responses to drugs, lasting damage to nerves or the spinal cord, stroke, brain damage, heart problems, kidney failure, liver failure, lung damage, pulmonary emboli, pneumonia and death in otherwise healthy people.
Anaesthesia during pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage.
When considering risks, it is important to keep things in perspective and bear in mind the major complications are rare.