This May Be a Dumb Question but All TTs Are Done With General Anestesia, Right?

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Tummy Tuck Anesthesia

Most board certified plastic surgeons will perform tummy tucks under general anesthesia.  In this way you are completely asleep and comfortable throughout the procedure.  

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Anesthesia choice for abdominoplasty

It makes little sense to me to choose anything other then general anesthesia although people have reported  series using spinal/epidural anesthesia or deep sedation and local. It would be difficult to get someone completely anesthetized with local, and VERY hard to get enough muscular relaxation to do a good muscle tightening.

Robert Oliver Jr., MD
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tucks and General Anesthesia

   Most tummy tucks are performed with general anesthesia to maximize patient comfort.  However, sedation and local is effectively utilized by some.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tucks are usually performed under general anesthesia. Your airway is actually far better protected and your are more comfortable

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Most, but not all are done under general anesthesia

Most tummy tucks are done under general anesthesia, simply because it is time consuming to numb such a large area, and also because it is a large area to  numb.  However, they can be done with I.V. sedation or under tumescent anesthesia.  

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Dr. Lane Smith

Lane Smith, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Anesthesia options for tummy tuck abdominoplasty

Your plastic surgeon along with you and the anesthesia provider will determine the best type of anesthesia for a tummy tuck based on what is the most safe and comfortable. Most of the time this is general anesthesia. If you have any specific concerns about anesthesia you should ask your surgeon and the anesthesia provider, so that the decision is based on the best information.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Anesthesia for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Thank you for the question;  certainly not a “dumb” one.  You will find that there are a variety of different “types” of anesthesia used for tummy tuck surgery. In my practice, and most board certified plastic surgeons' practices, general anesthesia is employed.  Choice of plastic surgeon, anesthesia provider, and facility where the procedure is performed all play a role when it comes to safety/outcome.

 I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Almost all tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) or performed under general anesthesia.

In abdominoplasty requires significant anesthesia for work on the abdominal wall. General anesthesia is quickly induced it works well for the procedure. Other techniques such as spinal anesthesia certainly are possible but only occasionally used.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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All TTs Are Done With General Anesthesia, Right?

Most TT's are done with general anesthesia, but some are done with a spinal, and others under sedation. Local anesthesia is injected whatever  anesthetic technique is chosen. The decision is made by the patient, surgeon, and anesthesia provider, after consider comfort and safety.

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Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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