Local or General Anesthesia in Otoplasty?
Either is reasonable.
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Otoplasty can be performed under a variety of anesthesia types, such as general anesthesia, monitored anesthesia, and IV sedation. The choice is up to the patient and surgeon. I find that most otoplasties can be easily performed with IV sedation and local anesthesia. Some patients may prefer to be completely knocked out, so a general anesthesia may be best for these people.
Local or General Anaesthesia in Otoplasty?
Either method is reasonable. Local anesthesia is less costly and can be done without any discomfort while watching a movie. However for children or very anxious adult patients light general anesthesia is appropriate.
Otoplasty with Local Anesthesia
Thank you for submitting your question. Otoplasty can be performed with local anesthesia, moderate sedation, or a general anesthesia. It is extremely well-tolerated under local anesthesia alone, so we perform most otoplasties in our practice this way. We often provide a small amount of oral sedation to make the patient more comfortable. We then proceed with injection of a nerve block and local anesthetic. The patient feels no pain during the procedure. Most patients prefer local anesthesia however we take into consideration the patient's comfort and anxiety level and we are open to providing whatever level anesthesia is necessary and/or desired.
Otoplasty usually performed under local anesthesia
Most otoplasties In our practice are performed under local anesthesia. The ear is relatively easy to numb with local injections in front and behind the ear.
Vinnie : Either method is appropriate. I personally prefer local anesthesia with preoperative oral medication. It basically depends on the tolerability of the patient and their degree of anxiety.
Once injected the should be no pain.
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