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Does a hand reconstruction surgery require general anesthesia?

A great number of hand surgeries can be done with local anesthesia. Local anesthesia prevents you from feeling any pain during the procedure. Your doctor will talk to you about your options, based on the surgery you're having.

Every patient will have different needs and preferences for sedation during their procedure. The procedure required will determine whether you receive general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or local anesthesia with sedation. While hand reconstruction surgery can bring you great relief, during the procedure you do need some form of anesthetic. The anesthetic medicine suppresses, prevents, and controls pain during surgery.

Therefore, patients seeking surgical procedures for the hand have different anesthetic options, including general, regional, or local anesthetic. A skilled, board-certified hand surgeon can recommend the right type of anesthesia for your procedure, based on your medical history, the type of surgery you are having, and your preferences and comfort level.

Anesthesia for hand surgery will be fully discussed with you beforehand

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our team of plastic surgeons performs reconstructive hand surgery to repair or rebuild bone, skin, nerves, and other tissue. The goal of anesthesia for this procedure is to provide the most comfortable and safe experience for the patient during surgery. Different types of anesthesia are available, each of which has particular benefits and risks.

General anesthesia is also utilized for many hand surgical procedures. However, the decision-making regarding the optimal anesthetic technique is dependent upon various factors, including:

  • the extent, site, and expected duration of surgery
  • need for sedation
  • the general medical health of the patient
  • personal preference

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