During rhinoplasty, is it possible for the patient to wake up?

Question:

During rhinoplasty, is it possible for the patient to wake up? For some reason this terrifies me. What type of anesthesia would ensure that I didn’t wake up during the procedure?

Answer:

The short answer is ‘no’. In my practice almost all Rhinoplasty is performed with monitored anesthesia care. This is the same type of anesthesia that is used in patients undergoing colonoscopy. You are out and not aware of anything that is going on. In 18 years of experience with several thousand rhinoplasties performed, I have not had a patient who recalled the procedure. We find that this type of anesthesia works best for one-two hour surgical procedures or in an outpatient setting.

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