Risks associated with your anaesthetic

This section should help you understand a little about many of the potential risks but it is important to discuss any particular worries you have with your anaesthetist.

Anaesthetic techniques and equipment have greatly improved over the last 60 years, as has the training and safety equipment to protect you. If you are in good health, modern anaesthetics are really very safe. All procedures though have some risks.

Click here to view leaflets that look at the main risks of anaesthetics.

Balancing Risk

Having surgery involves balancing risk – this means trying to balance the positives of having the operation against the risks and deciding on whether you want to go ahead. Please click here if you are interested in reading more about how we look at risk and what the numbers really mean.

This website includes text taken from the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ (RCoA) website www.rcoa.ac.uk but the RCoA has not reviewed this as a whole.