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What type of anesthesia is typically used for knee surgery? Will I be awake?
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Several options
Knee arthroscopy can sometimes be done under local anesthesia with sedation.
Often, major operations such as knee or hip replacements are done under spinal or epidural anesthesia. Usually, the patient is given sedation in order to nap comfortably during the surgery. General anesthesia is always an option. The anesthesiologist will discuss all the choices before surgery.

In brief: Several options
Knee arthroscopy can sometimes be done under local anesthesia with sedation.
Often, major operations such as knee or hip replacements are done under spinal or epidural anesthesia. Usually, the patient is given sedation in order to nap comfortably during the surgery. General anesthesia is always an option. The anesthesiologist will discuss all the choices before surgery.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 3 types
General, regional, and local with sedation are the main options for knee surgeries.
Each has their benefits. Discuss with your surgeon and anesthesiologist to decide what's best in your situation.

In brief: 3 types
General, regional, and local with sedation are the main options for knee surgeries.
Each has their benefits. Discuss with your surgeon and anesthesiologist to decide what's best in your situation.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Dr. Mark Gujer
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Knee scope?
Good question. It depends partly on your medical history and the discussion with your anesthesiologist.
The way i see it. I would like to watch the surgery on the video monitor so a spinal without sedation works great. That said if i had no interest in viewing my surgery, going to sleep works great too. Bottom line is, its all very safe.

In brief: Knee scope?
Good question. It depends partly on your medical history and the discussion with your anesthesiologist.
The way i see it. I would like to watch the surgery on the video monitor so a spinal without sedation works great. That said if i had no interest in viewing my surgery, going to sleep works great too. Bottom line is, its all very safe.
Dr. Mark Gujer
Dr. Mark Gujer
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
For knee surgery you will be given general anesthesia.
This means that you will be asleep, with a breathing tube down your throat helping you breath during the surgery.

In brief: No
For knee surgery you will be given general anesthesia.
This means that you will be asleep, with a breathing tube down your throat helping you breath during the surgery.
Dr. Michael Zadeh
Dr. Michael Zadeh
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: Regional anesthesia
The preference is sometimes driven by the surgeon, but commonly the choice is a regional anesthetic.
There seems to be some benefits with regards to postoperative thrombosis and pain management. You will be sedated and quite possible have no recollection of the operation.

In brief: Regional anesthesia
The preference is sometimes driven by the surgeon, but commonly the choice is a regional anesthetic.
There seems to be some benefits with regards to postoperative thrombosis and pain management. You will be sedated and quite possible have no recollection of the operation.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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