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can you have a tonsillectomy without general anesthesia in the us?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
No: Cant imagine it would be possible or safe. Endotrachial intubation protects the lungs from blood and other debris. One would have difficulty being comfortable or breathing with a doctor taking out your tonsils without general anesthesia.
Answered on Aug 30, 2017
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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Yes it could be under local anesthesia, in cooperative adult patient, maintaining airway is very crucial, if required ready to get intubated and go under general anesthesia instantly.
Answered on Oct 29, 2012
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
No: Not a safe way to do it. The discomfort alone would likely be to much to handle. The risk of aspiration of blood, tissue and saliva make this approach very dangerous.
Answered on May 20, 2016
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Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
No: The potential catastrophic effects of the surgery cannot be managed without anesthesia. Please discuss with your ENT surgeon why this is a bad idea.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
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