11 doctors weighed in:

What is more expensive: general anesthesia or local anesthesia?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Probably the general anesthetic would be more expensive, but it depends on where it is done.
In an operating room you would also be paying the hospital charges for the or, as well as the nurses. The cost of the actual anesthetic would be on top of this.

In brief: See below

Probably the general anesthetic would be more expensive, but it depends on where it is done.
In an operating room you would also be paying the hospital charges for the or, as well as the nurses. The cost of the actual anesthetic would be on top of this.
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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Very Little Diff

once you have an anesthesiologist in the OR, you will probably save little with Local Only.
On the other hand, the presence of an anesthesiologist has many advantages including the fact that this person is specifically there to care for your bodily functions and is not preoccupied with "getting the job done".

In brief: Very Little Diff

once you have an anesthesiologist in the OR, you will probably save little with Local Only.
On the other hand, the presence of an anesthesiologist has many advantages including the fact that this person is specifically there to care for your bodily functions and is not preoccupied with "getting the job done".
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: General

General is likely to be more expensive, but frankly relative to the cost of the or it is a minor difference.

In brief: General

General is likely to be more expensive, but frankly relative to the cost of the or it is a minor difference.
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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: General

General anesthesia requires presence of anesthesia provider when local can be handled by surgeon alone.
Additional equipment is also required and adds cost. Safety and comfort of the patient should be primary concern when desiding what type of anesthesia to use.

In brief: General

General anesthesia requires presence of anesthesia provider when local can be handled by surgeon alone.
Additional equipment is also required and adds cost. Safety and comfort of the patient should be primary concern when desiding what type of anesthesia to use.
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: General anesthesia

Requires an anesthesiologist.
Most surgeons administer their own local anesthesia & which is included in the surgical fee, or there is a minimal charge for the local anesthetic agent.

In brief: General anesthesia

Requires an anesthesiologist.
Most surgeons administer their own local anesthesia & which is included in the surgical fee, or there is a minimal charge for the local anesthetic agent.
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Dr. Steven Koos
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Local$ General $$$$

General anesthesia - significantly more expensive.
But well worth the expense for a smooth and comfortable experience during surgery.

In brief: Local$ General $$$$

General anesthesia - significantly more expensive.
But well worth the expense for a smooth and comfortable experience during surgery.
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