Anesthesia may sound potentially scary and unpleasant, but keep in mind that all medications have side effects. The very powerful, potent, anesthetic agents are certainly no exception. No one, not even your anesthesiologist, can predict how you will feel or which side effects you may experience. If you are having surgery, talk to the pre-op nurse or the anesthesiologist (or both) about any concerns that you have. They will be able to discuss all of the risks and benefits with you. Chances are, though, that even with the possibility of side effects, you will still likely decide to have your surgery with anesthesia—rather than without it!