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There are always risks when undergoing anesthesia, but these days it's a very safe procedure. If you're feeling nervous about being put under general anesthesia, then maybe it will help to know you're more likely to die in a car crash than from anesthesia. The medical professionals who administer anesthesia -- anesthesiologists -- train for over a decade before they receive their degree and license.

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1. What Are the Risks With Anesthesia?

There are low risks for a healthy person undergoing a planned, surgical procedure which requires the uses of general, regional, or local anesthetic drugs. In recent years, advancements in the training of specialists, progress with drug improvements, and the evolution of technology allow medical teams to prescribe the appropriate amount of drugs to keep you asleep and safe.

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