Many people facing surgery find that anesthesia is their biggest fear. They worry that they might never wake up from the drug-induced coma-like state.
In most cases, there is no need for worry. A 2009 study found that only about 1 in 100,000 patients die because of anesthesia. This is less than .01 percent. However, if it is not properly administered, anesthesia can still be dangerous. If you are facing surgery, our Wisconsin personal injury lawyers suggest you speak to your anesthesiologist before the surgery. She should be happy to listen to your concerns and address any questions you may have. Discussing the following topics with your anesthesiologist may allay your fears:
- Ask about the anesthesiologist’s qualifications and experience.
- Ask what type of anesthesia you will be given.
- Ask how long you will be under anesthesia.
- Ask if there are possible complications.
- Let the doctor know if you were under anesthesia in the past and if there were any side effects.
- Tell your doctor about any known drug or food allergies.
- Ask how you will be monitored while you are under—and recovering from—anesthesia.
You should always follow the doctor’s directions—including any as restrictions on eating and drinking—before surgery.
While you can do your part by following instructions and providing pertinent medical information, it is ultimately the anesthesiologist’s legal duty to do her best to keep you safe. If you have been injured, or if you have lost a loved one due to an anesthesia mistake in Wisconsin, it is important to contact Hupy and Abraham as soon as possible. Our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys will let you know if you qualify for compensation. Call us at 414-223-4800 (local) or 800-800-5678 (toll-free) for a free assessment of your case.