Anesthesia Found To Actually Increase Pain After Surgery

June 24, 2008

According to U.S. researchers, general anesthesia may actually increase the amount of pain a patient goes through after surgery..New York (ChattahBox) – According to U.S. researchers, general anesthesia may actually increase the amount of pain a patient goes through after surgery.

The new study was headed by Gerard Ahern of Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington.

Anesthesia drugs are often used during surgery to help patients get through the procedures with little pain.

It has been noted though that the drugs actually cause nerves to become far more sensitive. This actually makes patients have a greater level of pain after surgery, compared to those who did not get the drugs.

This means that once a patient wakes up, they may experience inflammation and a greater level of pain than if they did not receive anesthesia.

The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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