How safe is surgery when suffering from low potassium levels?
Surgery may not have to be cancelled.
Thank you for using Healthcarae Magic. A low potassium preoperatively will be important in relation to anesthesia. This is because a low potassium can cause cardiac arrhythmias. However, if it is only marginally low then surgery and anesthesia can proceed without any increased risk. Therefore, it depends on the exact potassium level as to whether your surgery needs to be postponed whilst your potassium is treated. Your anesthetist is likely to make this decision.
Treatment for a low potassium includes potassium tablets in the first instance.
I hope this is of help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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