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What type of anesthesia is typically used for knee surgery? Will I be awake?

What type of anesthesia is typically used for knee surgery? Will I be awake?

Several options: Knee arthroscopy can sometimes be done under local anesthesia with sedation. Often, major operations such as knee or hip replacements are done under spinal or epidural anesthesia. Usually, the patient is given sedation in order to nap comfortably during the surgery. General anesthesia is always an option. The anesthesiologist will discuss all the choices before surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more


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What kind of anesthesia is used for knee surgery? Do I have to undergo general anesthesia for knee surgery?

What kind of anesthesia is used for knee surgery? Do I have to undergo general anesthesia for knee surgery?

No there are options: Practical and eloquent alternatives to general anesthesia for knee surgery are 1) single sided spinal anesthesia or 2) peripheral nerve block anesthesia using a combined femoral and sciatic nerve block. Both alternatives typically involve some amount of IV sedation as well (although strictly speaking it is not necessary). The peripheral nerve block also provides long lasting post op pain control. ...Read more

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Im having knee surgery in a week and I am terrified. Does the IV hurt? What does it feel like to be on anesthesia?

Im having knee surgery in a week and I am terrified. Does the IV hurt? What does it feel like to be on anesthesia?

Normal to be anxious: The IV doesn't hurt more than a flu shot. Once the IV is in, you will probably be given a small of sedative to help you feel relaxed and sleepy. Most patients don't remember much after after that point, until they wake up after surgery. It's understandable to be anxious. But you should know that you are never left alone while under anesthesia. We stay with you to keep you anesthetized and safe. ...Read more

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What should I expect with arthroscopic knee surgery from anesthesia to recovery?

What should I expect with arthroscopic knee surgery from anesthesia to recovery?

Expectations: A good general overview of a knee scope can be found here: http://orthoinfo.Aaos.Org/topic.Cfm?Topic=a00299. ...Read more

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I cannot you have knee surgery with just epidural anesthesia?

I cannot you have knee surgery with just epidural anesthesia?

You can: Most hospitals or surgery centers do not do 'regional anesthesia' as it take too long to resolve. Schedule at a hospital. Ask to be the first case of the day. Request a spinal anesthesia; it is easier and more appropriate for this surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have knee surgery with just epidural anesthesia?

Is it possible to have knee surgery with just epidural anesthesia?

Yes. Done quite com-: Monly. Talk to your surgeon and the anesthetist about you wanting it. Good luck and happy holidays. ...Read more

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Is it common for hospitals to give epidurals or general anesthesia for knee surgery?

Is it common for hospitals to give epidurals or general anesthesia for knee surgery?

Yes: The regional anesthetic has a protective effect on the formation of blood clots after surgery. There is also the ability to immediately exercise the knee though a range of motion while still getting pain medication. This allows an improved outcome after surgery. ...Read more

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I am about to have knee surgery and i am on methidone and they are putting me under on anesthesia and i do not want to tell my doctor is it fatal?

I am about to have knee surgery and i am on methidone and they are putting me under on anesthesia and i do not want to tell my doctor is it fatal?

Consultation.: You will need to consult with your surgeon and the anesthesiologist. The Methadone can depress the central nervous system and put you at risk. You will also need to talk about pain and pain medication during your recovery, as that will interact with your Methadone dose as well. ...Read more

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My husband had a knee surgery on june 16th and he has been suffering from diarrhea since then. This was the1st time he had anesthesia. The pain medicine was motrin 800mg. What should I do?

My husband had a knee surgery on june 16th and he has been suffering from diarrhea since then. This was the1st time he had anesthesia. The pain medicine was motrin 800mg. What should I do?

Talk to MD: Most likely this is not related to the anesthesia or the pain medications. It is possible that the dose of antibiotics used has disturbed the normal gut flora. Consider taking some lactobacillus containing yogurt to try and stabilize this flora. If it continues talk to md. ...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