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There are Options
Some unqualified doctors may offer surgery under local anesthesia because they are not working in a surgery center or hospital where it is available. I perform surgeries in my office, but it is fully accredited by AAAASF and I have the ability to perform my surgeries in the hospital if needed. Clearly, I believe that office based surgery is safe, but only when it's done right!
Talk to your surgeon, but know that you DO have options. Good luck!
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For a tummy tuck and breast lift you will need general anesthesia.
- Sedation with local anesthesia is not a good choice because of the risk you will not breathe adequately; the amount of local anesthetic used would be too high to be safe and muscle relaxation is not possible.
- Some surgeons use spinal and epidural anesthetics for tummy tucks but they are not appropriate for breast surgery - the level of anesthetic would be high in the spinal column and you would not be able to breathe.
- Some surgeons use a combination of heavy sedation + control of your airway with a mask to breathe for you. I have not seen safety information for this approach but it would be safer than sedation without airway control. .
Hope you found this answer helpful. Best wishes.
My recommendation is to have general anesthesia. This means that you will be totally asleep during your procedure with a breathing tube in to protect your airway. The cost in Las Vegas typically runs $350-$400 per hour for anesthesia. Again, I would discourage any attempt at undergoing these procedures without general anesthesia.
I hope this helps.
- Dr. Bryson Richards
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