Should I be sedated or put to sleep when I get an arthroscopy on my ankle?

It depends. There are several anesthetic techniques available for arthroscopy patients and all the choices are very safe. All have different risks and benefits. Your anesthesiologist is the best source of information regarding these differences and this is usually discussed at the pre-operative visit. About 60% of my patients receive a spinal, and 40% receive general anesthesia.