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Anesthesia: More Dangerous Than You Think?

By Whitney Greer 

Is anesthesia dangerous?

It’s already a question that anyone about to have surgery worries about. According to new research, this may be an even more valid concern to have than before.

It is very common for it to take a 1-2 days to feel normal and coherent after anesthesia has been administered. But now, experts aren’t sure if this is caused by the surgery, or the anesthesia.

A new study performed on mice showed that general anesthesia may negatively affect the brain cells that are responsible for memory and learning.

“Research shows that if you’re exposed to these agents during the time neurons are growing, it disrupts their development,” said Jeffrey Silverstein, MD, professor of anesthesiology, Surgery and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. “But this is the first paper indicating that this happens in adults.”

Since the study was just done on mice, it’s too early to make conclusions about the affects on humans.

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