Question: It sounds like rhinoplasty is being performed with general anesthesia more and more. Why is this?
Answer: Rhinoplasty is a procedure to reshape the nose. This can be done with a variety of techniques. It can be done with general anesthesia or with intravenous medications to make the patient comfortable. In general, the preference of many experienced surgeons is the use of general anesthesia for this procedure or any of these procedures. With general anesthesia the patient is completely asleep, allowing the surgeon to execute his surgical plan and procedures without any patient movement. If a complex procedure is being performed it may also take a longer period of time and the patient may be most comfortable under general anesthesia. However, it cannot be said that all surgeons use general anesthesia for rhinoplasty. Some surgeons use intravenous medications and the patient is quite comfortable and they can perform their surgery with equivalent results. The choice of anesthesia is a very complex discussion and depends on several factors including the patient, the surgery, the type of technique performed, and the quality of the anesthesia. It’s most important to make sure that whatever procedure is performed and whichever method of placing you to sleep is used, the people who are responsible for the anesthesia and who are monitoring and performing the anesthesia are board certified and of the highest caliber possible for the maximum patient safety. In summary, rhinoplasty surgery can be performed using a variety of methods to provide anesthesia for the patient. It can be done by general anesthesia or intravenous medications. The choice depends on the surgeon, the person giving the anesthesia, and the surgical technique which may be needed.