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Would I be put under, or is just a local used?
Just local anesthesia is generally all that is required.
If you schedule in one of our centers, we do not put patients under. Too many complications with general anesthesia. We use local.
It depends on what procedure you have, if it is in a clinic or a hospital and other factors. Some are general anesthesia, some are local with sedation.
Most procedures are performed under local anesthesia. Occasionally I'll give an anxious patient some Valium.
Local anesthetic known as tumescent anesthesia is all that is necessary. Oral medications or light iv sedation could be used additionally. There is no need for general anesthesia for today's office-based procedures.
Local anesthesia is the most common method. Some practices may use an oral anxiolytic such as Valium to relax you, but usually no. Sedation is used.
General anesthesia is usually not used in varicose vein surgery. A combination of oral sedation, local and tumescent anesthesia is used and the procedure is done in the office.
The choice of anesthesia is a decision make between the patient and the surgeon. Depending on the procedure there may be a wide range of options while some types of surgery require a more specific choice.It depends on what procedure you have, if it is in a clinic or a hospital and other factors. Some are general anesthesia, some are local with sedation.
In general, medical care and surgery is designed to be minimally invasive, including reduction of risks and down time. This is very much the case in vein procedures which most often can be performed fully ambulatory under local anesthesia.