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What type of anesthesia is done for shoulder arthroscopy?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
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In brief: General or regional

Shoulder arthroscopy may be done under general anesthesia, meaning that you would be completely asleep.
It can also be done with nerve block (interscalene), where local anesthesia numbs the shoulder and sedation is given to help the patient relax and doze off during the procedure. Both are safe in experienced hands, but have different risks and benefits. Discuss with your anesthesiologist.

In brief: General or regional

Shoulder arthroscopy may be done under general anesthesia, meaning that you would be completely asleep.
It can also be done with nerve block (interscalene), where local anesthesia numbs the shoulder and sedation is given to help the patient relax and doze off during the procedure. Both are safe in experienced hands, but have different risks and benefits. Discuss with your anesthesiologist.
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
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In brief: Usually general

Usually general in my community. Houston, tx.

In brief: Usually general

Usually general in my community. Houston, tx.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Combination

The usual anesthesia for this procedure is a general.
This can be supplemented by a regional block to the shoulder if the procedure indicates this.

In brief: Combination

The usual anesthesia for this procedure is a general.
This can be supplemented by a regional block to the shoulder if the procedure indicates this.
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