Tummy Tuck While Awake?!?
"Should you consider having your tummy tuck awake? According to an article by The Plastic Surgery Channel a physician in San Antonio, TX is advertising an awake tummy tuck. No general anesthesia is used, just a light sedation and local anesthetics. In fact, you can make conversation with the doctor while she's cutting open your abdomen! The article mentions that she's not a real plastic surgeon, but trained in Family and Emergency Medicine. Scary!
While local anesthetics can work for smaller procedures, to perform a complete tummy tuck under local anesthetics is crazy. General anesthesia is meant to save people from experiencing the excruciating pain of having your body cut open."
From The Plastic Surgery Channel Online
A non-plastic surgeon attempting to perform a tummy tuck is terrifying, but one that is trying to do it without anesthesia is just insane! :eek:
But even if it was a board certified plastic surgeon doing this, it's still completely nuts! Almost anyone would freak out if they looked down and saw their abdomen cut open in the middle of surgery, even if they're sedated. This is just a plain bad idea for anyone to attempt!
I agree with you, la_angel. Interesting concept, but a scary one as well.
One key question raised by the idea of local anesthetic for a tummy tuck is "How small is the operation?" Some surgeons do mini tummy tucks that aren't as invasive and are actually done on an outpatient basis. Some patients aren't good candidates for going under all the way during surgery and sedation might be their only alternative. An epidural might possibly be used to block pain to the lower half of the body. Not everyone has the same options - and a qualified cosmetic surgeon will know what to recommend based on a patient's medical history and the specifics of the improvement being sought.
Of course, having any procedure done by someone who isn't actually certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is extremely risky. It's even more questionable when the non-specialist is recommending something (like awake abdominoplasty) that isn't commonly done in the plastic surgery world.
What is your connection to San Diego Plastic Surgery? Please disclose this info, as it is the law!
Also, your post has nothing to do with getting a tummy tuck while awake. Please stick to the topic, instead of posting general guidelines and info for advertising information.
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