A 17-year-old male asked:
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can i get tonsillectomy under local anesthesia only of just sedation? or is general my only option?

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Dr. Gary-Anthony Lawson-Boucher
21 years experience Anesthesiology
Anesthesia choice: Yes, you can remove tonsils under local anaesthesia only. But only if you have the ability to psyche yourself out to the point that your body doesn't react to the other surgical impulses. Example: the mouth guard use to keep your mouth open for the surgery. The blood and fluids going to your stomach. Also, your surgeon won't be able to anesthetise all areas before causing you pain. Got it ?!
Answered on Jun 5, 2013
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Dr. Boris Aronzon
23 years experience Anesthesiology
Possible: It is still done in the 3 d world, but it will not be standard of care in the us, although possible.
Answered on Jan 29, 2019
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Dr. Steven Koos
20 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Contraindications to: Ga? For best management and protection of the airway - in the small percentage of cases with significant bleeding, which can sometimes be difficult to manage in the airway of an awake patient, ga with an advanced airway would be recommended and the most comfortable.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
General: Just try and imagine something operating in the very back of your throat. The discomfort, as well as the blood loss, would make it extremely uncomfortable. The only way to do this is under general anesthesia.
Answered on Jan 29, 2019
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
It would not be possible
Jun 28, 2013

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