General anesthesia can put considerable strain on a patient’s body and requires placement of a breathing tube. For patients who are concerned about the potential risks involved with general anesthesia, we offer procedures that utilize alternate anesthesia methods. To learn more about procedures with no general anesthesia in Tampa, patients are encouraged to contact Dr. Demetri.
General anesthesia has a number of potential side effects, including vomiting, nausea, weakness, and headaches. These issues may be present not just after the surgery but for several days following the procedure. General anesthesia also increases swelling and bruising in the operative area. In very rare cases, general anesthesia can even result in strokes, heart attacks, and death.
Because of this, many patients want to avoid general anesthesia entirely during their surgical procedures. Procedures with no general anesthesia make use of other options like topical anesthesia, local anesthesia, or twilight anesthesia.
These procedures can achieve similar results without completely preventing the patient from becoming able to move. This provides patients with the assurance that they are still in control and minimizes risks.
For patients who want procedures with no general anesthesia, scheduling a consultation is highly recommended. This will allow for examinations to determine if the goals of the patients will accommodate the option. Some procedures might be fine without general anesthesia, but not all will be.
Patients will be able to ask all the questions that they want during the consultation. They will be informed if the option without general anesthesia is suitable for them and how much it will cost.
The type of anesthesia used for procedures with no general anesthesia and to what degree will depend on the procedure itself. Certain procedures can be performed using local anesthesia, which numbs only a specific area. This type of anesthesia allows the patient to be awake and comfortable while not experiencing any pain.
Twilight anesthesia is an option for patients who want to be asleep during the procedure. This is a safe option that can reduce bruising, is safe to apply, and allows the patient to wake up shortly after stopping its administration.
The recovery period following procedures with no general anesthesia can vary. Local anesthesia can wear off after a few hours and be gone completely. Patients can still experience tingling for about a day.
One major benefit of avoiding general anesthesia has to do with getting home afterwards. After general anesthesia, patients cannot drive themselves home, since the aftereffects can impair driving ability. They must instead arrange for a ride home from a friend or a family member.
After a procedure involving local anesthesia, however, patients can typically drive themselves home with no issues. This makes many patients’ post-operative experience much easier.
The price of a procedures with no general anesthesia can vary quite a bit. The cost will be influenced by the type of anesthesia used, the scope of the issue, and other treatments that might follow. Avoiding general anesthesia often lowers the cost of a procedure, since an anesthesiologist may not be required.
Patients can schedule a consultation with Dr. Demetri to find out more about procedures that involve no general anesthesia in Tampa. Contact our office today to set up your appointment.