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What anesthesia is needed for a thoracotomy?
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: General anesthesia
A thoracotomy is a major operation which involves opening the chest: possibly to remove tumor, clear infection, or to repair the heart.
It requires full general anesthesia, usually with a special tube to allow only one lung to be ventilated at a time. An epidural catheter often is placed for additional pain control. Consult a thoracic anesthesiologist for more information. Good luck!

In brief: General anesthesia
A thoracotomy is a major operation which involves opening the chest: possibly to remove tumor, clear infection, or to repair the heart.
It requires full general anesthesia, usually with a special tube to allow only one lung to be ventilated at a time. An epidural catheter often is placed for additional pain control. Consult a thoracic anesthesiologist for more information. Good luck!
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: General anesthesia
A thoracic epidural might be suggested for post-operative pain, but you will need to be asleep for this surgery.

In brief: General anesthesia
A thoracic epidural might be suggested for post-operative pain, but you will need to be asleep for this surgery.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Thoracotomy
General anesthesia is needed.
The anesthesiologist may place an epidural for use in post-op pain control.

In brief: Thoracotomy
General anesthesia is needed.
The anesthesiologist may place an epidural for use in post-op pain control.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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