Anesthesia: More Dangerous Than You Think?

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  • Eat Correctly. The night before surgery, many doctors may tell you that you shouldn’t eat anything after midnight. But why? If you go under anesthesia with food in your stomach, you may vomit up some of this food and breathe it in. This can lead not only to aspiration pneumonia but then potentially make it impossible to get oxygen into your lungs during the anesthesia procedure — and without oxygen, systems within your body fail and you can die. Be sure to ask your doctor about any herbal supplements you may be taking as well.
  • “Research shows that if you’re exposed to these agents during the time neurons are growing, it disrupts their development,” said Jeffrey Silverstein, MD, professor of anesthesiology, Surgery and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. “But this is the first paper indicating that this happens in adults.”