Complications with IV Sedation and General Anesthesia


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Pain, Sedation and Anesthesia - Frequently Asked Questions

Complications are rare with Regular IV, Advanced Technology Sedation, Deep IV Sedation, or General anesthesia. Common side effects are dizziness, weakness, blurred vision, and fatigue. These symptoms generally disappear in the recovery room. A reddened tender area (phlebitis) can occur in approximately 5 to 8% of patients at the site where the medication was given. We suggest taking Motrin or other anti-inflammatory medication, apply warm compresses and call our offices should this happen. It is extremely rare that death occurs from sedative medications in young healthy females. We have had no deaths in our offices.

Preoperative Instructions for patients who want regular IV Sedation, Deep IV Sedation, Advanced Technology IV Sedation or General Anesthesia:

  1. You may have a light breakfast or lunch just prior to arrival to our office.
  2. You must have a person to drive you home (except for the Advanced Technology IV Sedation). Additionally, we ask that you not drive or operate machinery for at least 12 hours
  3. No use of street drugs or drugs that make you drowsy or sleepy for 24 hours prior to coming to our offices
  4. If you have allergies to one the medications we will use one that you are not allergic to. If you are allergic to all of the medications you will not be able to undergo sedation or general anesthesia

At the 5 affiliated Women's Center, we provide patients with some of the most effective and safe IV sedation and General Anesthesia options available. General anesthesia is only offered certain days of the week and only at certain facilities. Please call to inquire the time and location where General Anesthesia is being offered.

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