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What type of anesthesia is administered during a tummy tuck?

Tummy Tucks require general anesthesia. The Tummy Tuck procedure requires a general anesthetic. An LMA (or laryngeal mask airway), is a new, state-of-the-art procedure that allows the patient to breathe unassisted during the procedure.

Short acting anesthesia medications are given to maintain an adequate, but light level of general anesthesia. This allows the patient to awaken very quickly at the end of the procedure.

However, with a Tummy Tuck procedure, it is required that a short period of paralysis is performed, so that the abdominal muscles can be adequately tightened. This, again, is a short-acting paralysis, which quickly wears off before the procedure is concluded.

With Tummy Tuck procedures, paralysis must be induced for the brief period during which the surgeon tightens the muscle wall. Unless the muscles are in a relaxed state, this cannot be adequately accomplished.

The anesthesiologist manages the patient's breathing during this short phase. For most of the procedure, however, the patient breathes on their own.

This information provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. For medical questions, Consult a physician.

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