All of our surgical procedures are performed under IV sedation (twilight sleep) by a board certified anesthesiologist in our private surgery center located in Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Warren J. Katz’s office.
A note from Dr. Katz about IV Sedation Anesthesia…
IV sedation is a combination of medications administered through an I.V. which allows the patient to sleep and be completely comfortable during surgery. General anesthesia uses these same drugs 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 should be the patient’s preferred method as it is safer and the recovery is much easier.
This is why I choose to use IV sedation for all cosmetic procedures, including nose surgery, liposuction and breast augmentation in Dallas. The method is much more safe because patients are breathing on their own, without the help of a machine and breathing tube, as would be used with general anesthesia. Recovery time is 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. A patient awakens much quicker and is 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.