How Safe Is Anesthesia? Common Fears & Concerns

Fear of anesthesia is very common with almost 9 in 10 patients feeling some fear about anesthesia before surgery1. Top anesthesia concerns include postoperative pain, waking up during surgery, and sleepiness after surgery1.

Anesthesia is generally safe and effective when administered by a trained professional, but like any medical procedure it has some risks. Here are common concerns:


  1. Ruhaiyem ME, Alshehri AA, Saade M, Shoabi TA, Zahoor H, Tawfeeq NA. Fear of going under general anesthesia: A cross-sectional study. Saudi J Anaesth. 2016 Jul-Sep;10(3):317-21. doi: 10.4103/1658-354X.179094. PMID: 27375388; PMCID: PMC4916817.

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