I would like to have a nose job. I’ve never had surgery of any kind before and I’ve never had any type of anesthesia. What anesthesia is used and what can I expect it to be like?
We use a general anesthesia for rhinoplasty. That means that an IV will be started and medication is used to start the anesthesia in the IV. A tube will then be placed into the trachea and gas delivered to maintain the anesthesia. We utilize general anesthesia for rhinoplasty because the level of anesthesia prevents the patient from coughing if any blood drips into the airway and the tube protects the lungs. For nearly every other type of procedure we use an IV sedation only without general.
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