Scared of general anesthesia... please help?
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For safety reasons, AVOID gen. anesthesia and hospitals when getting liposuction!
VASER Hi Definition Liposuction / Body Contouring with Fat Grafting -- GENERAL ANESTHESIA
Thank you for your question.
Your concerns are a very normal response before surgery. The risk of something major happening with general anesthesia is exceedingly low in someone with good health. The best thing you can do is make sure your plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and that he or she uses surgery facilities accredited by Joint commission, AAAHS, or AAAASF. A discussion about venous thromboembolism or pulmonary embolism should be part of your planning with a procedure of your duration.
You can and should meet your anesthesia team before surgery and they will ask you a detailed medical history including family histories searching for any potential problems. Make sure to be completely honest with your surgeon and anesthesia team about any medications, herbals, or substances you use to avoid any drug interactions. These would be the steps I recommend to minimize risk.
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These are very common concerns of patients prior to surgery. While no one can eliminate risk, anesthesia today is very safe. Ask to speak with your anesthesiology team and talk about your concerns. Remember you will be in a hospital with very sophisticated equipment and a whole team of specialists in the operating room with you whose number one concern is your safety.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.