surgery works well with either intravenous sedation or general
anesthesia. During a general anesthetic, a breathing tube is placed
through your mouth into your windpipe, and anesthetic gases keep you
intravenous sedation, medications are dripped into your IV to make you
sleep. The areas to be operated on are then numbed with lidocaine,
which is what we use nowadays instead of Novocain. The patient
doesn't have the breathing tube, but she is asleep, and she remembers
nothing at all about the operation.
perform all of the facial plastic surgery operations under intravenous
sedation. I think it's easier on the body, allowing faster recovery,
and it has a lower incidence of postoperative nausea. Also, it's
hard for me to judge the size and shape of a nose if there is a tube
sticking out of the patient's mouth.
capable hands the general anesthetic is not dangerous or a particularly
bad thing. So make sure that you have selected the right doctor to perform your operation, and then probably go along with his
preferences for anesthesia. If your surgeon will perform your
operation with either anesthetic method and you have a preference, by all
means let him know. But it's hard enough to find an excellent
plastic surgeon. Don't reject one just because his preference for
anesthesia conflicts with yours.
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