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Do I have to be asleep for my cataract surgery?

Do I have to be asleep for my cataract surgery?

Almost never: Modern cataract surgery involves numbing the eye with drops and mild IV sedation. The only need for general anesthesia is for severe uncooperation or movement disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A condition that results in the clouding of the normally clear ...Read more


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Do I have to be put to sleep for my hydrocele removal?

Do I have to be put to sleep for my hydrocele removal?

Maybe: There are 2 main methods in treating hydroceles. One is an office procedure where a needle is placed into the scrotum adn withdrawn through a syringe. No anethesia is generally required. The other more formal treatment is a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia and a cut on the scrotum to remove the sac of water around the testicle. ...Read more

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Im about to do the chalazion removal surgery&I was wondering if I could be put to sleep for the procedure I understand they numb my eye but Im nervous?

Im about to do the chalazion removal surgery&I was wondering if I could be put to sleep for the procedure I understand they numb my eye but Im nervous?

Yes: As with everything in medicine there are risks and benefits. Doing the procedure under local is quick, almost painless and avoids the risks of general anesthesia and the anxiety and inconvenience of going to a hospital or surgical facility. The only part of the procedure that is unpleasant is the numbing, but this can be done with only slight discomfort. ...Read more

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Shoulder surgery I have to have surgery on my shoulder. My surgeon isnt trained laproscopically so she would have to open my shoulder and i would be in a brace for six weeks. Is there anything else I should know? And should I attempt to find a doctor tr

Shoulder surgery I have to have surgery on my shoulder. My surgeon isnt trained laproscopically so she would have to open my shoulder and i would be in a brace for six weeks.  Is there anything else I should know?  And should I attempt to find a doctor tr

Laproscopic : Laproscopic or arthroscopic surgery on a shoulder is a commonly performed procedure for rotator cuff and impingement problems. There is nothing wrong with more traditional open surgery, as often the same end results will be achieved. However, with larger incisions and muscle/soft tissue violation, there will likely be more initial pain and obviously a bigger scar. While many of us have gone exclusively to arthroscopic and less invasive surgery, there are still many proponents of open surgery. The rotator cuff repair itself heals at the same rate regardless of the size of the skin incision. ...Read more

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What to do if I have lasik eye surgery and will I be happy with it?

What to do if I have lasik eye surgery and will I be happy with it?

Generally happy: LASIK surgeons are sensitive to what patients are good candidates and which not. If you are accepted, then you probably have a favorable profile and should be happy. The goal usually is clear distant vision and that is almost always the case. A few may have some eye dryness or need a touch up to get the last power, but these are in general very happy patients. ...Read more

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Just curious about anesthesia. I have to have sinus surgery and I want a rhinoplasty also will I be ok being put to sleep?

Just curious about anesthesia.  I have to have sinus surgery and I want a rhinoplasty also will I be ok being put to sleep?

Usually is very safe: General anesthesia - being totally asleep- is commonly used for nose and sinus surgery. This is usually administered by a qualified anesthesiologist or anesthetist. You may have some throat irritation from the breathing tube but the risks are very low if you are in good health. ...Read more

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Had eyelid surgery and was given versed. During the surgery i felt pain. I need more eyelid surgery. What can I do to ensure i won't feel pain again?

Had eyelid surgery and was given versed. During the surgery i felt pain. I need more eyelid surgery. What can I do to ensure i won't feel pain again?

Speak to surgeon: A little more local anesthesia in the surgery site, or a little more sedation in the IV would have helped you feel more comfortable. Speak to your surgeon about your prior experience. Also, consider having the work done with an anesthesiologist present, who can sedate you, or offer you general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Will i be able to have that good vision i had just after lasik surgery?

Will i be able to have that good vision i had just after lasik surgery?

Depends: How good is your vision pre operatively? How do you achieve that vision? The purpose of lasik is to decrease your dependence on glasses/contacts--not necessarily eliminate them. Often times the vision after lasik is comparable to glasses and contacts--that is why so many people do it. However it is not always as good as rgp or hard contacts. This is a good discussion to have with your eye dr. ...Read more

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Do I need to have EKG done for my cataract surgery?

Do I need to have EKG done for my cataract surgery?

Depends: Pre-anesthesia evaluation usually assesses the need for one based on age and medical history, cardiac exam, etc. Cataract surgery performed topically is very low cardiac risk. ...Read more

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I have keratoconus in my both eyes. Even after c3r operation I am still not able to see anything. What can I do?

I have keratoconus in my both eyes. Even after c3r operation I am still not able to see anything. What can I do?

Consult: The c3r procedure is designed mostly to prevent progression of keratoconus but usually will not improve things. If your corneas are so distorted that your vision is very difficult or not useful, you may need some surgical correction. Consult with your corneal specialist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a slight squint in my left eyewill it be perfext after surgery ?

What to do if I have a slight squint in my left eyewill it be perfext after surgery ?

Improvement likely: Apparently you have scheduled surgery to improve the alignment of your eyes. Measurement will be take to estimate the amount of surgery needed to do this. In almost all cases there is improvement. The goal is complete alignment but this depends upon healing as well. You will probably do well. ...Read more

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I want to get lasik eye surgery I am turning 18 I have had bad eyes for awhile... I tried glasses, and can't afford contacts. I would like to know the procedure of the surgery, how much it costs, and what are long term problems that can occur, can I the t

I want to get lasik eye surgery I am turning 18 I have had bad eyes for awhile... I tried glasses, and can't afford contacts. I would like to know the procedure of the surgery, how much it costs, and what are long term problems that can occur, can I the t

Most Importantly!: Lasik is a wonderful, "life altering" surgical procedure that changes the focus of your eyes. (every word in this sentence is important!) so reseting your focus does not treat any disease.. It just resets your focus, which may change, but likely will not if your vision is stable. Surgery (like everything in life) has risks. If you can accept the small risks for the vision benefits, then go for it! ...Read more

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I found out that i can't have the lasik procedure but would i be able to have the prk procedure, what do you recommend?

I found out that i can't have the lasik procedure but would i be able to have the prk procedure, what do you recommend?

PRK Alternative: Prk can be an alternative for some patients who are poor candidates for lasik. For some patients, however, neither procedure may be appropriate. Implantable collagen lenses are another common alternative. Ask your surgeon which, if any, procedure is best for you. ...Read more

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I had venous closure surgery on both my legs 3 yeas ago. It seemed to be successful for several months only. What should I do? I don't feel that i can trust my surgeon again since this surgery turned out to be unsuccessful. I really need relief from th

I had venous closure surgery on both my legs 3 yeas ago.  It seemed to be successful for several months only.  What should I do? I don't feel that i can trust my surgeon again since this surgery turned out to be unsuccessful.  I really need relief from th

Second opinion: You certainly would benefit from seeing a vascular surgeon and especially one that has special interest in venous diseases. Please understand that there is no such thing as 100% cure for certain conditions, including venous ablation. ...Read more

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Do i need to be awake during a lasik surgery?

Do i need to be awake during a lasik surgery?

Yes.: The lasik procedure does require you to be awake so that you can look at the target light of the laser. This is how the treatment is properly focused to give you the best vision. If you were asleep, there would be no way to properly center the treatment. The lasik procedure is relatively quick, usually about 10-12 minutes to treat both eyes from start to finish. ...Read more

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I have had shift disc for years, and it is so painful now. I take analgelsic regularly. Would i need surgery to sort it out and will surgey offer that?

I have had shift disc for years, and it is so painful now. I take analgelsic regularly. Would i need surgery to sort it out and will surgey offer that?

Complex issue!: You must sort this out with the help of an appropriately trained physician. You may need the help of several doctors. Your pcp, your orthopedist or neurosurgeon, a rehabilitation specialist, physical therapist, neurologist , rheumatologist and others may need to weigh in. You need a specific examination, appropriate testing and treatment and then a decision on what to do next. Best to you! ...Read more

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What age do you have to be to have refractie eye surgery beacuse in my left eye I have 1.75 and in my right I have 2.50. How is it performed aswell?

What age do you have to be to have refractie eye surgery beacuse in my left eye I have 1.75 and in my right I have 2.50. How is it performed aswell?

18-21: The typical minimum age is 18 to 21 depending on the procedure. More important than age is having a stable glasses prescription for at least 1 year. It is performed using a lasik laser to reshape your cornea, lots of details on that on the internet. ...Read more

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I have down's syndrome and had cataract surgery yesterday.They put me under for it. I have been tired ever since and can't seem to shake it. What should I do?

I have down's syndrome and had cataract surgery yesterday.They put me under for it. I have been tired ever since and can't seem to shake it. What should I do?

2-3 days: If you received general anesthesia, the effects can last up to 48 hours. Some aesthetics concentrate in the fatty tissues and may take a couple of days to return to normal. ...Read more

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