Anesthesia gone wrong

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  1. stylinexpat macrumors 65816

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    This anesthesia thing these days is quite scary. I have no heard of quite a few cases where people have died from Anesthesia. In most cases the doctor asks the patient if they are allergic to any drugs or medicine. If someone has never had anesthesia administered to them they would generally say I don’t know or “No”. Anesthesia is given and the **** hits the fan after :eek:

    A friend of mine had plastic surgery (tummy tuck). And I think I want to say that she probably lived and died through that procedure. A friend of mine wanted to have his wisdom teeth removed and right after they gave him the anesthesia he died in then chair he was sitting in :eek:

    My point is isn’t there a way where they draw blood before to see if there are any adverse affects from the anesthesia..?

    https://www.foxnews.com/health/texas-woman-dies-after-botched-plastic-surgery-in-mexico-report
     
  2. OriginalAppleGuy macrumors 6502a

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    IF you have the right people (anesthesiologist and/or nurse anesthetist) doing the job, they know how to handle any situation that comes up. If you were to experience anaphylactic shock while receiving anesthesia, they know how to reverse it.

    If you have something done in a Drs office, you need to ask if an anesthesiologist will be there or if they are administering it themselves. You really have to watch what is done in a Drs office. Ask questions if it's going to be done in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center too, but chances are they will have the right people there.
     
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    There have been adverse reactions to anesthesia since we've been using it. It's one of the minor risks associate with it and is usually mentioned in the release forms you sign giving them permission to perform your procedure. The woman in the article made the mistake of going to a 2nd world country for a medical procedure. It happens here in the US, too but it's not a frequent occurrence. It's very rare (1 in 200,000). I've been under general anesthesia a few times in my life and had no adverse effects. It's really quite safe and the medical professionals who administer it are very well trained.
     
  4. stylinexpat, Nov 24, 2018
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    True, but isn’t there a way to test first..? I mean these days they have allergy tests to see if you have any allergies reactions to certain foods so I assume they could do the same with anesthesia
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    My friend saw an orthodontist here in California at a reputable Orthodontist office because he thought it would be better and safer here compared to having it done in Iran. He was going to have it done in Iran but people around him told him to have them removed here instead and pay the extra money having a peace of mind getting it done here instead of Iran. They said in Iran you never know what could go wrong. Sure enough and unfortunately the **** hit the fan when he received his anesthesia shot at the orthodontist office. He literally had a heart attack on the spot. He had no previous heart issues either
     
  5. Scepticalscribe, Nov 25, 2018
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    "Quite scary"?

    No, a relatively minor risk, and one where the potential benefits far outweigh the risks.

    I'm willing to wager that far more people die from gunshot wounds in the US than from an anaesthetic administered by a professional.

    I've had my wisdom teeth removed, - without any side issues or problems; however, I'll admit that I waited until medical advances in dentistry allowed for this to take place under local anaesthetic rather than under a general anaesthetic.
     
  6. OriginalAppleGuy macrumors 6502a

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    The problem is there are many drugs that could be used. Your best bet is to talk with an allergy doc, not a technology forum.
     
  7. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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    A true reaction to anesthesia is VERY rare. There is really only one (malignant hyperthermia) and there is a medication to treat that. You can have an allergic reaction to other medications that are given during the course of a surgical procedure (ex: antibiotics) but that is not a reaction to anesthesia. In all likelihood, the issue was not the anesthesia itself but rather how it was administered, who administered it (a not properly trained person) and most likely of all, improper monitoring during the procedure that allowed for a minor, treatable adverse event to become life threatening due to failure to recognize and treat early.
     
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    My mother was a nurse anesthetist (quite a while back- she's been gone for 20 years) and one thing I remember her being frustrated by was patients who misled the medical folks about issues with anesthesia. (I don't mean those who don't know, but those who do and lied.) All the concern and care in the world won't fix stupid.
     
  9. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Whenever you are getting knocked out there is a risk. This is why you have trained professionals in a well equipped office or hospital and not some hole in the wall that Joan Rivers went too.
     
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    Couldn't agree more.

    Not just stupid, but I would argue, also irresponsible.

    Exactly and very well said.

    There is always a risk, but in the hands of well-trained, qualified and experienced professionals who have appropriate resources to hand, the benefits usually far outweigh the risks.
     
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    I had general anaesthesia several times in March and while I disliked the experience intensely, especially the recovery phase - I obviously got through it.
     
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. Surgery has many risks, but this one is a low one.
     

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