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Is local anesthesia the same thing as IV sedation?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
Very Different: Local anesthesia involves injection of numbing medication into an area requiring surgery. As the name implies, it is only effective in this local area. Iv sedation describes the intravenous administration of medication to relax and sedate a surgical patient. These two techniques are complementary to one another and often used together.
Answered on Mar 29, 2014

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