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Can regional anesthesia be safely used for lap band surgery?

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Dr. Scott Welle
Bariatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Since the band is done laparoscopically you will need to go under general anesthesia.

In brief: No

Since the band is done laparoscopically you will need to go under general anesthesia.
Dr. Scott Welle
Dr. Scott Welle
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Mostly general

Most bariatric surgeries need general anesthesia to ensure skeletal relaxation - required for surgical precision.

In brief: Mostly general

Most bariatric surgeries need general anesthesia to ensure skeletal relaxation - required for surgical precision.
Dr. George T Tsai
Dr. George T Tsai
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

This is not a procedure that is amenable to regional anesthesia.

In brief: No

This is not a procedure that is amenable to regional anesthesia.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Tough

Most can not tolerate that. General is better.

In brief: Tough

Most can not tolerate that. General is better.
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No, it can't

Lap band surgery requires general anesthesia, because the patient needs to be completely relaxed.
It's necessary for the anesthesiologist to insert a breathing tube and control the patient's breathing with a ventilator. Regional anesthesia (spinal, epidural, or nerve block) would not be able to produce adequate relaxation for the surgery. The patient would not be comfortable either.

In brief: No, it can't

Lap band surgery requires general anesthesia, because the patient needs to be completely relaxed.
It's necessary for the anesthesiologist to insert a breathing tube and control the patient's breathing with a ventilator. Regional anesthesia (spinal, epidural, or nerve block) would not be able to produce adequate relaxation for the surgery. The patient would not be comfortable either.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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