Is general anesthetic safe? I am terrified!
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Otoplasty. General anesthesia vs Local anesthesia
Hi. We only perform an otoplasty under general anesthesia on patients under 15 years or in case a patient specially ask for a general anesthesia. A local anesthesia is safer than a general anesthesia. Nevertheless, the general anesthesia is very safe too, only that the costs for the surgery will increase significantly. I recommend you to let your plastic surgeon know about your concerns and I am sure He/she will be able to give you more information.
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General anesthesia is usually well tolerated in a healthy patient. I would review your concerns with your surgeon and make sure you have an up to date history and physical so you can review any potential health concerns. I would also review with your physician if you have any family members who have had difficulty undergoing general anesthesia. These are important questions to review before surgery. As with anything, proper planning is the key to a successful surgery, this includes the anesthesia administration. Best of luck!
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General Anesthesia is one of the safest medical procedures
In adults otoplasty can be performed under any type of anesthesia, between pure local to sedation to general. It's a patient's and doctor preference, and should be discussed before surgery. General anesthesia in a healthy individual is a very safe procedure, being uneventful almost always.
I have done over 100 patients for otoplasty under local anesthesia last year. It could be done under general anesthesia. the risk is extremely low. Good luck
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