New Zealand Woman’s Weekly



Overall, they are very safe, with death resulting from anaesthesi­a in roughly one in every 100,000 to 200,000 cases. Possible negative outcomes include heart attack, pneumonia and stroke. There’s a greater chance of complicati­ons if you:

• Tend to suffer from sleep apnoea

• Are prone to seizures

• Have an existing heart, kidney or lung condition

• Are an alcoholic or smoker

• Have high blood pressure

• Take medication that can increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin

• Have diabetes or are overweight or obese.

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