Dr. Patrick Oliver Maher from North Fulton Anesthesia Associates answers a reader’s question about general anesthesia.
Q: I have to go under general anesthesia for a procedure. Is there anything I can do to make sure I stay safe?
New research found that the most frequent malpractice claims are related to teeth damage, death and nerve damage. To lower risks, patients should develop preoperative questions for their doctor. For example, ask about eating, drinking and taking medications or supplements before surgery. Patients should also provide their doctor with family medical history, allergy information and a list of medications, vitamins and supplements they take.