Patients that are considering plastic surgery have natural concerns about undergoing anesthesia. Fortunately advances in monitoring equipment and improved anesthesia drugs have largely contributed to improved overall anesthesia safety. The risk of serious injury from anesthesia is statistically quite low.
Upstate Plastic Surgery has a AAAA Surgical suite. All equipment is updated and maintained on a regular basis. Our anesthesia is overseen by a certified CRNA, Steve Paveglio. Steve will evaluate all pre operative reports and will either call you prior to your surgery or meet with you on the day of the procedure. On the day of surgery he will deliver the anesthesia medication and monitor the patient during the procedure.
Patients at Upstate Plastic Surgery will have either monitored sedation (MAC anesthesia) or general anesthesia. More minor procedures such as small scar revision or excision of lesions are done under local anesthesia administered by the plastic surgeon and do not need a CRNA or operating room.
Following the procedure the surgery patient is transported to the recovery room where he/she will continue to be monitored by an RN who will continue to monitor blood pressure, oxygen saturation levels and pain management. The amount of time in the recovery can vary but is generally about an hour. At that time you will be sent home with a family member or friend who has been instructed in the post operative needs and comfort such as dressing changes, bathing, medications and any other instructions needed for that particular procedure.
At this time you will also be given a time and date for your first post operative visit.