The safest anesthesia for cataract surgery is topical (i.e., eye drops). Sometimes light sedation is also used with this method. Local (i.e., injection) anesthesia carries more risks than the eye drops, and you'll go home wearing an eye patch (and maybe a black eye.) General anesthesia involves the most risks. In my opinion, it's always a good idea to ask in advance what will be used.
There's a good solution for you: light IV sedation and local anesthesia. You'll experience no pain, and you won't remember the procedure. Much better (IMO) than general anesthesia, which sometimes has some unpleasant side effects.
You will be able to express your wishes to your anesthesia provider before surgery. The level of sedation can definitely be adjusted to meet your needs, and the surgery team will want you to be comfortable. But I think that IV sedation is a much better option than general anesthesia, i.e., being unconscious and needing a breathing tube. (I experienced no pain at all during two retinal surgeries with local anesthesia, and I don't think that you will either.)
I appreciate so much your information. The surgeon did not mention this to me. Only the drops and me laying very still during the procedure......I do not think I could handle that. This has been going on since April of 2010....and it has been a very stressful time, as you know...
Thank you again for your professional opinion and information.
I had 2 teeth removed last year. (rough year). I did have an IV and they put a mask over my nose before I went under. But that was in an oral surgeon's office and not a hospital. I don't believe I had a breathing tube.
Would this have been an IV sedation and Local?
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