Will the general anesthesia used in laser vein surgery hurt my fetus?

Endovenous Laser Ablation . 6 answers . 2 years ago

I had a laser treatment done on a deep vein when I was 4 weeks pregnant and did not know I was. I am now 23 weeks and am nervous that the general anesthesia at such a early time in gestation will cause long term effects.

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2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

You should check with your anesthesiologist. Probably not though. I generally do all these procedures with local anesthesia however.
Michael D Ingegno

2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

You should check with your anesthesiologist. Probably not though. I generally do all these procedures with local anesthesia however.
Michael D Ingegno


2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

I would recommend you speak with your obstetrician regarding this issue.
Typically we won't perform any procedures on someone who is pregnant.
Norman N. Bein MD FACS RVT

2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

I would recommend you speak with your obstetrician regarding this issue.
Typically we won't perform any procedures on someone who is pregnant.
Norman N. Bein MD FACS RVT


2 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

You would need to ask an anesthesiologist.

2 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

You would need to ask an anesthesiologist.


2 years ago by Vein Specialists (View Profile)

I doubt it very seriously, but would direct your concerns to your OB. I
have not used general anesthesia for vein closure since 2002, all of my
procedures are performed in the office under local anesthesia, as are the
majority of other vein specialists' procedures.

2 years ago by Vein Specialists (View Profile)

I doubt it very seriously, but would direct your concerns to your OB. I
have not used general anesthesia for vein closure since 2002, all of my
procedures are performed in the office under local anesthesia, as are the
majority of other vein specialists' procedures.


2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

There is always an increased risk to the fetus from general anesthesia during the first trimester of pregnancy. Fortunately, this risk is low. You may want to check with your anesthesiologist to see what anesthetic agents were used.

2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

There is always an increased risk to the fetus from general anesthesia during the first trimester of pregnancy. Fortunately, this risk is low. You may want to check with your anesthesiologist to see what anesthetic agents were used.


2 years ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

I do not know how your procedure was done, but we never do laser ablation under general anesthesia. In our office it is done under local anesthesia, with perhaps a small dose of an oral sedative, and is very safe, even if one is pregnant. There definitely would be some risk to you and your fetus if you did, in fact, have general anesthesia, although for the life of me, I do not know why any physician would perform this procedure using such extreme anesthesia.

2 years ago by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

I do not know how your procedure was done, but we never do laser ablation under general anesthesia. In our office it is done under local anesthesia, with perhaps a small dose of an oral sedative, and is very safe, even if one is pregnant. There definitely would be some risk to you and your fetus if you did, in fact, have general anesthesia, although for the life of me, I do not know why any physician would perform this procedure using such extreme anesthesia.


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