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A 31-year-old member asked:

which type of anesthesia is better when having an operation?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Depends on...: The operation, the patient, the surgeon, and other factors. Many procedures can be done with general anesthesia or conscious sedation (twilight sleep) and this is usually the patient's choice. Sometimes particular factors unique to the patient will determine which method is chosen. All are safe and effective when properly done by well trained personnel.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Care team decides : This decision about anesthesia is made by your care team. They consider your overall health, your procedure and come up with the best for plan for you.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Depends on surgery: There are many different techniques that can be used to make your experience as pleasant as possible. Talk to your anesthesiologist about the surgery and learn which techniques are best for you.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What anesthesia is used for the operation and what is the duration of the convalescence?

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Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Need more info: To what operation are you referring? What is your specific question?
A 20-year-old member asked:

Instead of useing anesthesia for surgery is there any other options?

6 doctor answers23 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Depends on surgery.: We cannot answer this question without knowing what operation is planned. There are many different anesthesia options including local anesthesia, twilight (sedation), nerve blocks, spirals, epidurals, or general anesthesia.
A 20-year-old member asked:

Is anesthesia dangerous? Is there any ricks during surgery with it & how long to recover from anesthesia?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
There are risks: Anesthesia always carries some risk, which varies by type of anesthesia, duration needed, and the patient's health. Most surgical anesthesia is relatively short-acting and if desired awakening can occur shortly after the procedure. Prior to any procedure, the anesthesiologist & surgeon should discuss the specific risks of both the procedure and the anesthesia with the patient/family.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
To answer your question precisely, we need to know a lot of information about the patient's health and the type of surgery that is planned.
Jan 25, 2012
A 34-year-old member asked:

Does anesthesia become more risky with repetitive surgeries or is it aging that increases risk?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Aging: Generally, the risk would be with increased age due to higher likelihood of disease, but there may be an additive deleterious effect with multiple anesthetics.
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A 45-year-old female asked:

Can you be under anesthesia and mentally be aware of what is going on in a major surgery?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Reported.: There have been case reports of anesthesia awareness, but these seem to be related to less than optimal anesthesia. Appropriate anesthesia should produce analgesia and amnesia.

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