Patient’s Question of the Day for Dr. Katz

“What is the difference between I.V. sedation and General Anesthesia? Why do you choose to use I.V. sedation over General Anesthesia?”

Dr. Katz’s answer:

“IV sedation is a combination of medications administered through your I.V. which allows the patient to sleep and be completely comfortable during surgery. General anesthesia involves the use of these same drug…s but also requires a breathing tube in which gasses are used to keep the patient asleep.

Some surgeons prefer the use of general anesthesia as it requires less time on the doctor’s part. However, IV sedation is much more preferable from the perspective of the patient as it is the safer method and the recovery is much easier.

This is why I have chosen to use IV sedation for all cosmetic procedures. The reason this method is so safe is because you are breathing on your own without the help of a machine and breathing tube, as would be used in general anesthesia. Recovery time is also much quicker than with general anesthesia. Since no breathing tube is required, you are avoiding the risk of damage to the lungs, formation of blood clots, urinary retention, pulmonary complications and malignant hyperthermia. You are able to awaken much quicker and are able to go home within 30-40 minutes, as opposed to having an overnight stay. Incidents of nausea are very rare and you won’t have to worry about a sore throat, since there is no breathing tube.”

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