Are there any risks or legalities when surgeons use CRNA Vs m.d anesthesiologist?
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Anesthesiologist versus CRNA
There are significant legal differences.
There has to be a Doctor Who oversees and is ultimately responsible for the work of the CRNA.
The training for both is a rigorous one.
I would not choose your plastic surgeon based on the anesthesiologist.
You may want to ask your plastic surgeon how long they've worked with their anesthetist or anesthesiologist and what their thoughts are.
The only time I had general anesthesia it was given by a nurse anesthetist.
Obviously I woke up and did fine after my procedure.
MD vs. CRNA
You are very astute in knowing that anesthesia is as important as the operation, and possibly even more-so. BBL can be performed safely with either a CRNA or an M.D. Anesthesiologist looking after you. It's just that in the case of a CRNA, there is a doctor that is technically ultimately responsible for the anesthesia and any complications that arise (usually your actual surgeon). In our practice, we have chosen to use board certified anesthesiologists to look after you during and after the procedure. Hope this is helpful.
Dr. Michael Epstein
MAE Plastic Surgery
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