ZocdocAnswersWill I be sedated during my thoracoscopy?

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Will I be sedated during my thoracoscopy?

Do they apply general anesthesia or will I be putt under?

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You should direct all of your questions about an upcoming thoracoscopy to the surgeon who will be operating on you. This is a major surgery and it is very normal to have many questions or concerns about the procedure. Your surgeon will be able to give you more of the details about the exact procedure for your surgery based on the reason for it. In addition, if there are specific concerns about the anesthesia component, you will have a pre-operative evaluation with the anesthesiologist performing your anesthesia, either the morning of surgery once you arrive at the hospital or sometimes before that if you have any other health issues that might make anesthesia complicated. Thoracoscopy is a major surgery and you will absolutely be under general anesthesia--this is the "being put under" that you refer to. Local anesthesia is what happens when the area is topically numbed and the patient is awake, but that would never, ever, ever be done for thoracic surgery. You will be given medications to make you comfortable and then be put to sleep after which a tube will be put down your throat and into your lungs, enabling the anesthesiologist to maintain very close control over your breathing while using the power anesthetics that will keep you asleep for the surgery. Again, please discuss with your doctor for more information.

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