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one month ago

Anesthesia risk

I heard that during surgery,doctors use anesthesia(chloroform) in the past days & many patients face death for this.Now science have developed.Is this still used during surgery?And during a gynecomastia surgery,are the patients being uncoutioned by anesthesia?And can the patient die for that anesthesia during surgery?Isn't there any way for doctors to complete the surgery without uncoutioning?

Procedure: Male Breast Reduction
Location: Rajshahi, RS - Bangladesh

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Samir Shureih
ASPS Surgeon

Male breast reduction (Gynecomastia surgery) can be done either under general anesthesia where the patient is asleep. In the United States we use other drugs than chloroform much advanced medications for general anesthesia. General anesthesia is very safe provided the patient is healthy and cleared by medical Doctor for surgery.

The surgery can be done under local (tumescent) anesthesia with sedation. This also is very safe provided the patient is healthy and cleared for surgery.

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Richard Bosshardt
ASPS Surgeon

I am not sure what you mean by "uncoutioned". What were you trying to say? Chloroform has not been used for anesthesia since long before I went into medicine in 1974. The latest anesthetic drubs are extremely safe. You are at more risk of injury or death in your car going to the hospital than in having this type of surgery, so long as you are healthy to start with.

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