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How do doctors decide whether to use general or local anesthesia?

How do doctors decide whether to use general or local anesthesia?

Procedure dependent: The variables include the procedure, the patient, the medical history, surgeon preference, and the location. The biggest factor is the procedure iteself. Some procedures are okay under local anesthesia, with or without sedation. Other procedures cannot be done without general anesthesia. Some procedures may be done under regional (spinal/epidural or block) anesthesia. It just depends... ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is local anesthesia and general anesthesia?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is local anesthesia and general anesthesia?

General = brain: Local anesthesia involves injecting numbing medication such as Lidocaine into the area to be numbed. The medication baths the nerves and blocks their ability to sense pain. An example is numbing the skin to suture a cut. General anesthesia uses medications that temporarily affects the brain putting you "to sleep" so you don't feel pain or have awareness. (it isn't really sleep). ...Read more

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What kind of anesthesia do doctors use for otoplasty? I'm worried that if I have an otoplasty with local anesthesia, i might move at the wrong time during the surgery. Can i request general? .

See below: Usually this is not done with local anesthesia alone. The surgeon will usually request sedation anesthesia or possibly a general. Talk to your doctor before the procedure to discuss the options. ...Read more

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Two doctors, same cost facelift. The one using local anesthesia rather than general, makes more money, correct? Would that be why local, not safety?

Two doctors, same cost facelift. The one using local anesthesia rather than general, makes more money, correct? Would that be why  local, not safety?

Facelift under local: For some types of facelifts which involve smaller incisions and less dissection, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia. Have your face evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon to determine which procedure is best for you. ...Read more

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Hi doctors , 2weeks ago i made 2 corns surgery right leg bottom of the leg , doctor also made local anesthesia till now i can't walk easily why?

Hi doctors , 2weeks ago i made 2 corns surgery right leg bottom of the leg , doctor also made local anesthesia till now i can't walk easily why?

Corns are usually : On feet. Having said, i would expect one to be able to at least walk at 2 weeks post op and would recommend you pose this question to your surgeon as we don't know the exact procedure performed or what your foot looks like i.E any swelling etc etc. ...Read more

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Anesthesia, is there any doctor can perform breast lift surgery just with local anesthesia?

Anesthesia, is there any doctor can perform breast lift surgery just with local anesthesia?

Possibly: A limited skin only breast lift can be performed under local, very few patients would be good candidates for this type of lift. Most patients would be better served having a breast lift under general anesthesia. Consult a board certified plastic surgeon. http://www.dassmd.com/breast-enhancements/index.html. ...Read more

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Getting a mole removed from my face, does this involve general or local anesthesia?

Facial moles: Facial moles can be easily removed in the office under local anesthesia only. If you are afraid of pain, you can ask your doctor to give you a prescription for Emla cream to apply in advance . This will minimize any discomfort. ...Read more

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General or local anesthesia. Which is better?

For what procedure?: In general, less is better. So, if it can be done with local comfortably, that's good. In some cases local is not sufficient, and suffering to avoid general anesthesia is not better. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Local Anesthesia (Definition)

A local anesthetic is a drug that acts to deaden the nerves in the area that ...Read more