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Does general anesthesia have the same risks as with twilight?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Yes

The risks of any deep sedating agent and technique are generally the same.
In twilight sleep the main concern is over-sedation and an inability to protect the airway. In general anesthesia the concern is sore throat from intubation, and waking up at the end of the case.

In brief: Yes

The risks of any deep sedating agent and technique are generally the same.
In twilight sleep the main concern is over-sedation and an inability to protect the airway. In general anesthesia the concern is sore throat from intubation, and waking up at the end of the case.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology

In brief: Risk

Is individualized to the patient and surgery.
Both choices carry risks. General anesthesia is more invasive, but allows for greater control.

In brief: Risk

Is individualized to the patient and surgery.
Both choices carry risks. General anesthesia is more invasive, but allows for greater control.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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In brief: Slightly more

But either way the risk is extremely small.
It's like asking if lightning is more likely to strike your house next week or the next two weeks. Twice the risk, right? But still near zero either way.

In brief: Slightly more

But either way the risk is extremely small.
It's like asking if lightning is more likely to strike your house next week or the next two weeks. Twice the risk, right? But still near zero either way.
Dr. Scott Welker
Dr. Scott Welker
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