Do I have to be asleep for the operation?

There are two excellent options by which the operation can be performed:

One is local anesthesia with sedation, during which time the anesthesiologist uses intravenous medication to calm the patient. Then local anesthetic is injected into the operative site. The local anesthetic does burn initially, but it becomes effective within several seconds and then the operation can be proceed. The advantage of local anesthesia with sedation is that the patient feels no nausea or other side effects. After surgery the patient can leave the surgery center almost immediately. The local anesthetic blocks any pain for about eight hours.

Two is general anesthesia. General anesthesia involves going to sleep. The anesthesiologist gives medicine through the IV and then a tube is put in the airway to support breathing during the operation. Local anesthetic is still injected into the operative site to control postoperative pain. General anesthesia is best for patients who are very anxious and do not want to be aware of anything. There may be some feeling of being drugged after the operation.

Both general anesthesia and local and local anesthesia with sedation are very effective; both choices are good. For a redo operation general anesthesia is probably the best.

William Brown, MD
Hernia Specialist

Dr. Brown has been repairing inguinal hernias for over 30 years, taking care of Athletes with Sports Hernia injuries since 1999.  Dr. Brown has been taking care of patients with complications from mesh for so long that his hair is gray. Luckily he still has some hair.

His patients include players from the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Earthquakes as well as athletes from the NFL, AFL, NBA, and the local college teams. As well as Athletes from 15 foreign countries.

Fremont Office
William H. Brown, M.D.
39470 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 793-2404
Fax: (510) 793-1320

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