Scared of Going Under General Anesthesia for 5 1/2 for Mommy Makeover???

I am 25 years old 5'4 i weight 115 pounds and have no history of medical problems. but Im so scared of being under general anesthesia, what is percentage of people who under go anesthesia for this long and their outcome? thanks

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General anesthesia safe for mommy makeover


Your concern is a common one; many people are more afraid of the anesthesia than the surgery! If your procedure is going to be done in an accredited surgical facility, then general anesthesia will be safe  and a good choice for the length of the operation. Accreditation means that everything is in place to deal with any emergency that could occur. By far the riskest thing about your surgery day will be the drive to the facility.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Anesthesia with Mommy Makeover


I would recommend that you undergo a thorough preoperative workup and clearance by your primary care doctor.   If you are cleared and without risk factors, you should feel very safe having general anesthesia for 5 hours.    This is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed.   I would recommend an overnight stay at an accredited surgery center or hospital to ensure your overall safety.   I wish you a safe and happy result.

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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For a 115 lb. person, a 5hr. and 30 minute mommy makeover seems like a long time.


If the abdomen and breasts are to be dealth with in a slight person (115lbs.), I would suggest that your surgeon is very deliberate in execution of the operations.  If liposuction is part of the repair, you wouldn't need much of it, seems to me.  Nevertheless, if it takes 5 and a half hours to get the best result, that lengh of surgery is safe.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Make sure you are going to an accredited surgery center with a board certified anesthesiologist. If that is the case, 5 1/2 hours of anesthesia is safe for you. Best wishes.

Grant Stevens, MD
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When Patients are in Good Health & Have No Major Risk Factors, a 5 1/2 Hour Anesthesia is Not Unusual


Anxiety regarding anesthesia is an extremely common phenomena. In our experience people are often more concerned about anesthesia than their actual surgical procedure. The science of anesthesia has made significant advances in the past twenty years. In the past inhalation agents were often associated with slow recoveries and significant post-operative nausea. Current anesthetic agents are associated with quicker recoveries and less post-operative nausea.

When patients are in good health and have no major risk factors, a five hour anesthesia is not unusual and is relatively safe. It’s important to realize that the mommy makeover is an extensive procedure that combines cosmetic breast surgery, liposuction and abdominoplasty. By its very nature, the mommy makeover will require a longer period of anesthesia.

If you’re strongly considering a mommy makeover procedure then everything should be done pre-operatively to remove your anxiety. This starts with a comprehensive pre-operative medical evaluation to ensure that you’re in good health and a good surgical risk.

People fear the unknown, so make sure your well educated on this topic. Make sure you spend time with your surgeon and anesthesiologist and get your questions answered. This will do more than anything else to alleviate your anxiety.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
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You are not alone with your feelings of anxiety about anesthesia. However 3-5 hopurs or more of anesthesia is not a long time and all of my patients walk home shortly after the surgery is finished. I can also arrange for home nursing care or stay at a facility if you wish 

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Scared of Going Under General Anesthesia for 5 1/2 for Mommy Makeover???


If a person is healthy then a combination procedure lasting 5 – 7 hours is safe and should not have any side effects. Safe monitoring during the procedure and one night stay is standard on our patients to endure their safety.

Thomas Guillot, MD
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon
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General Anesthesia

Thank you for your question.
Some anxiety prior to surgery is to be expected.  Assuming that you are working with a board certified plastic surgeon and board certified Anesthesiologist in a fully accredited surgery center, your risks are low - I am also assuming you have good medical health.
It may give you peace of mind if you speak to other patients who have had similar procedures performed.
Thank you!

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Time under general anesthesia



If you are having a mommy makeover with tummy tuck and breast aug/breast lift a 5 hour general anesthesia time is reasonable.  I have not experienced any problems with any of the mommy makeover procedures I have performed with comparable anesthesia times.  Yes, it is unnerving to loose control but a good anesthesiologist and a good plastic surgeon will make the process very safe for you.

All the best,

Dr Repta

Remus Repta, MD
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General anesthesia for a mommy makeover


If you are young and healthy, you should be able to tolerate general anesthesia for 5 hours for surgery.  You should first obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician, which would require possibly an EKG and lab work. If you are concerned about the recovery, you can have the procedure performed in a hospital or stay overnight in an aftercare facility.

In general, the longer the surgery, the more likely you are to develop blood clots in your legs. The chance is still quite low, about 1-2%.

If you have any concerns you need to discuss this in detail with your surgeon prior to surgery and possibly separate the procedures on two different days.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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