Will a person Be Awake During Ear Surgery?
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Anesthesia during otoplasty
These questions should be discussed with your treating surgeon.
In my San Francisco area practice, for simple otoplasty (cartilage scoring and suture correction of prominent ears) we offer local + sedation in our office or general anesthesia in our member hospitals.
Be aware that more complicated otoplasties (up to and including microsurgical reconstruction with tissue taken from the forearm or thigh and cartilage harvested from the rib) may require general anesthesia and would not be safe to perform under local anesthesia or in an office setting.
It depends on the extent of the surgery.
I hope this helps.
Otoplasty; Ear Surgery and Anesthesia Type: Local vs. Conscious Sedation vs. General Anesthesia\
There are a variety of ear surgery types depending on the severity of the deformity. Some procedures are as simple as 5 or 10 minutes while others may take hours. The decision to perform the surgery under various types of anesthesia, including local anesthesia, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia, depends on surgeon preference, the comorbidities of the patient (associated diseases), length of surgery, and complexity of the surgery.
Routinely, it is best to undergo the surgery under adequate anesthesia in order to allow precise manipulation and correction of the ear deformity.
Ear surgery can be done with you awake or asleep
For otoplasty, the surgery can be done with you awake or asleep. Talk to your surgeon so they discuss the options wtih you. If they do offer you the awake options, they will likely give you some type of sedation to help you relax. If you are very worried about being aware and think that you can not lay still for an hour or so, then you should choose to have anesthesia for the surgery. Good luck with your surgery.
Dr. David Shafer
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Anesthesia for otoplasty
I feel almost all otoplasty in adults can be performed under local anesthesia only. This even includes some patients in the teenage years. Anesthetizing the ear with local anesthetic can be done quite easily without significant discomfort. If you were feeling anxious about the procedure a medication like Valium could be prescribed for you to take prior to surgery.
Otoplasty & Anesthesia
There are several types of anesthesia that can be used during otoplasty. Most commonly, otoplasty is performed with local anesthesia with and without I.V sedation or under general anesthesia. Both are excellent options with high satisfaction rates amongst patients.
Our biggest priority is patient safety, and because of this, we always have an anesthesiologist present to monitor the patient when either I.V. sedation or general anesthesia are utilized. In younger patients we prefer general anesthesia, but in older patients we prefer local anesthesia. This allows the patient the ability to see the results before leaving the operating room. If you have concerns about anesthesia or intra operative safety, make sure you discuss these issues with your surgeon.
Ear Surgery Done While Awake or Asleep
Depending on the nature of the surgery and what is discussed during your consultation, it can either be performed while you are awake or asleep. Both options are suitable. Pain can always be managed with some type of sedative or general anesthesia.
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