What kind of anesthesia do you use during a tummy tuck procedure?

Question:

What kind of anesthesia do you use during a tummy tuck procedure?

Answer:

Typically tummy tuck procedures are done under general anesthesia but very commonly in more than half the patients in our practice we perform the tummy tuck procedure under a twilight anesthesia. This would be the same anesthesia that you would have if you were having a colonoscopy. Essentially, an IV is started, the medication is given through the IV, the patient becomes very drowsy and falls asleep but is breathing on her own the entire time, no intubation is required. This is an excellent technique for an abdominoplasty since it improves significantly the postop recovery and is not associated with issues such as sore throat or nausea and vomiting