Is it safe to use general anesthesia during submentoplasty for someone with mild cardiac issues (mild arrhythmias and mild to moderate hypertension), but well-controlled with medication?
This patient had an EKG that was normal and has clearance to have the procedure from her PCP. She's just scared of general anesthesia. Her plastic surgeon (facial plastic surgeon/otolaryngologsit from a well-known teaching hospital) does most of his surgeries under general anesthesia, and insists that it's the best way for this patient. The main concern is the effects of the epinephrine used as the local anesthetic (high HR etc), in addition to the gases that are used under general anesthetic, that may exacerbate arrhythmias or heart issues. Can someone help us understand this better?