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Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the mastectomy?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Mastectomy
Generally done under general anesthesia, so you will not be awake.
In rare circumstances, regional -epidural, paravertebral block- or local techniques can be preferable. In this case, you will likely receive sedation.

In brief: Mastectomy
Generally done under general anesthesia, so you will not be awake.
In rare circumstances, regional -epidural, paravertebral block- or local techniques can be preferable. In this case, you will likely receive sedation.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
You likely will be under a general anesthetic for the surgery - but as you wait to be taken to the operating room it is quite common to be given an anxiolytic medication to allow you to relax until the general anesthetic is administered.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: You should be
Under general anaesthesia!

In brief: You should be
Under general anaesthesia!
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
You likely will be under a general anesthetic for the surgery - but as you wait to be taken to the operating room it is quite common to be given an anxiolytic medication to allow you to relax until the general anesthetic is administered.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
In most cases with an anxious patient, anti-anxiety medication is routinely given when the patient is cleared for the operating room, all necessay preoperative discussions have been completed, and surgical consents are signed.
These medications are usually given by or on the order of the anesthetist assigned to that patients procedure.

In brief: Yes
In most cases with an anxious patient, anti-anxiety medication is routinely given when the patient is cleared for the operating room, all necessay preoperative discussions have been completed, and surgical consents are signed.
These medications are usually given by or on the order of the anesthetist assigned to that patients procedure.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Maybe
Differnt patients have different needs.
Many times they do not need any additional medication to relieve anxiety. But most of the time counselling will be needed by the physician, health care staff as well as family anf friends. For your specific needs please discuss with your surgeon and primary care physician.

In brief: Maybe
Differnt patients have different needs.
Many times they do not need any additional medication to relieve anxiety. But most of the time counselling will be needed by the physician, health care staff as well as family anf friends. For your specific needs please discuss with your surgeon and primary care physician.
Dr. Dariush Vaziri
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Dr. Robert Stroup
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Usually once all the legal paperwork is done -such as consent for the procedure -the patient is given medication to help her relax.

In brief: Yes
Usually once all the legal paperwork is done -such as consent for the procedure -the patient is given medication to help her relax.
Dr. Robert Stroup
Dr. Robert Stroup
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