Question: During otoplasty, will I be conscious?
Answer: Otoplasty surgery can be performed with a number of anesthetic techniques. One anesthetic technique is a general anesthetic where the person is completely asleep. A tube is placed to protect the breathing and airway. Another technique is when the patient is awake but given medication to be very relaxed. Occasionally, for minor revision or small procedures of the ear, this can be performed with some freezing of the ear. The type of anesthetic is chosen based on what is the safest for the patient and what will allow the surgeon to accomplish the surgery to the highest standards.