• Is it usual to anesthetize a patient (with a mild sedative) for excision of a mass on a caruncle?


    Question:

    Is it usual to anesthetize a patient (with a mild sedative) for excision of a mass on a caruncle? Twenty years ago I was given local anesthetic to cut a mole off my right caruncle. Now, the caruncle has enlarged and the doctor will do an excision and an anesthesiologist will be sedating me.


    Answer:

    The decision of what kind of anesthesia to use during a procedure should be made by the surgeon and patient together. Enough sedation should be used to allow the surgeon to perform the procedure effectively while minimizing the amount of pain experienced by the patient. However, since IV (intravenous) sedation is injected directly into the blood stream and has effects on the rest of the body, the patient's health must be taken into account. In smaller or less serious procedures, a local anesthetic (pain killer injected into area of surgery only) may be sufficient.


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