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BettyMarie
one year ago
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Regarding anesthesia

Do most plastic surgeons use anesthesiologists, or just a nurse anesthetist? To me getting put to sleep is the scary part. Is having the procedures done in a hospital with an anesthesiologist always an option?

Procedure: Tummy Tuck
Type: Question

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Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon
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In my office I only use a board certified anesthesiologist. I can also perform this in a hospital as well.

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Thomas Fiala
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Hi. Yes, fear of anesthesia is a big issue for many people. In our center, we only use board-certified MD anesthesiologists for all major surgeries. They are the most experienced & highly trained.

Make sure you ask who your anesthesia provider will be, as this is not the case everywhere...

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Mario Carranza-Garcia
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In my office we also use a board certified anesthesiologist.

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Susan Buenaventura
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We use only board certified anesthesiologists in our office surgical center. If I am in the hospital, I work with nurse anesthetists but they are being supervised by an MD anesthesiologist. In an office setting it is appropriate to have a MD anesthesiologist caring for you. Remember they will keep you safe, by monitoring your vital signs, keep you hydrated, etc.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your excellent question. This will vary based on the physician but in my practice only board certified anesthesiologists are used. Hope this helps.

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