Dying under anesthesia
In my experience, most deaths during plastic surgery, were in cases that were done under sedation, rather than with endotracheal intubation with general anesthesia. Monitoring your breathing, and other vital signs, is easier with endotracheal anesthesia.
There are always risks of any surgery that is performed. In general, anesthesia is very safe. If you are concerned, then you should speak to the anesthesiologist in advance.
Should I be worried about the possibility of dying under anesthesia?
Generally speaking, young patients who are in good health, on no meds, no allergies and no street drugs are in more danger driving to the surgery center than when they are having monitored anesthesia. Your weight and asthma are minor issues but if you are concerned, you can be evaluated for anesthesia by an anesthesiologist or an internist before the surgery. Good luck.
Thanks for your question. This is a common concern that many patients share with me. Be sure to discuss any specific concerns with your surgeon and anesthesia provider. That said, modern anesthesia techniques have a safety record comparable with airlines and the nuclear power industry. It's extremely safe. My kids have had surgery four times and I had no hesitation about them going under anesthesia.
For more, please check out my blog post on sedation and general anesthesia!
Your concerns are common; however, the risks of general anesthesia in healthy individuals are lesser than those of driving your car. Serious anesthetic complications are rare events. Furthermore, some rhinoplasty surgeons will perform septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgery under conscious or twilight sedation. I recommend you discuss your breathing and anesthetic concerns with your surgeon and primary care doctor. Furthermore, a feeling of phlegm in the throat may be related to silent reflux or allergies with a post-nasal drip; these conditions are typically treated non-surgically. Best of luck!
Safety of anesthesia
Modern anesthesia nowadays is very safe. Yes, complications can occur including death in very rare cases. But in an otherwise young and/or healthy individual that passed all pre-OP tests, administering anesthesia is extremely safe. So I would not worry about any issues. However, you need to discuss your medial history with the surgeon and anesthesiologist to determine your candidacy for general anesthesia. Please keep in mind that our routine daily activities have risks. In fact, anesthesia in an otherwise healthy adult is considered safer than walking down the street, driving a car, or flying in an airplane. Best wishes!
Alexis2222, this is a good example of how these sites are worrisome to me anyway. We can not look at a note and assess anaesthesia risk at least no one should. Your surgeon will have to answer this question for you or your primary care physician. Should you be getting a general anaesthetic your asaesthesia provider can also go over the risks. At our institution we follow ASA (American Society of Anaesthesia) guidelines for all our patients so essentially I (the surgeon) remove myself for the most part from making the determination as to wherther or not a patient is healty enought to undergo elective surgery.