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