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What type of anesthesia is done for shoulder arthroscopy?
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
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
1 doctor agrees
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.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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