A 41-year-old member asked:
can they just do an epidural when you want to get cosmetic plastic surgery similar to when you want to get a bigger butt?
4 doctor answers
Dr. David Rosenfeld answered
27 years experience Pain Management
They could: In reality, it could be done, it just never is. An epidural would be fine for procedures from the belly button down. I have to admit that in 15 years of practice I have never seen it done. Why you ask? Likely because it would require keeping the patient around post-op for a long time to allow the epidural to wear off.
Answered on Sep 14, 2013
Dr. Otto Placik answered
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not consistent: Epidural anesthesia can be wonderful for delivery but may not provide consistent anesthetic levels that we seek when performing cosmetic surgery. In these cases local anesthesia supplementation is necessary. In instances where are patents are kept in the hospital for several days, it may be an option. However, in most instances, recovery is not predictable and urine retention can be a problem.
Answered on Jun 30, 2013
Dr. Tom Pousti answered
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Possible.: Although the use of an epidural anesthetic may be possible for procedures performed below the belly button, i prefer the use of general anesthesia which i find ensures patients comfort, safety, allows for a immobile patient, and allows for surgery from head to toe. Safety considerations are always paramount and patients should be aware of the qualifications of their surgeon and anesthesiologist.
Answered on Jul 2, 2013
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