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How long is the patient usually put to sleep for during plastic surgery before sustaining brain damage?

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Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
PS Brain Damage: Modern anesthesia, with appropriate monitoring should not cause brain damage. The most commonly used medicine for anesthesia for plastic surgery is propofol. This same drug is used to help treat patients with head injuries to prevent brain damage, by keeping them sedated, sometimes for weeks. Propofol should only be administered under continuous medical supervision.
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
No brain damage: Occurs with anesthesia for plastic surgery, or any kind of surgery, for that matter. (unless, of course, the brain or blood vessels to/from it are involved in an injury, disease, tumor, or operation for these issues.) but plastic surgery itself (and the anesthesia related to it) do not cause brain damage, regardless of length of the surgery. I do 6-8 hour operations all the time with no problems!
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Brain Oxygen: As long as the patient is monitored and is properly exchanging co2 and oxygen, anesthesia can be maintained for long periods of time. It is not uncommon to have a patient under anesthesia for up to more than 12 -14 hours in very complex cases, such as facial reconstruction for cancer of the jaw.
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