Conscious sedation is a technique where a local anesthetic is used to numb the surgical area, while drugs are given intravenously to make you relaxed and sleepy. Dr. Finnerty has extensive experience with this approach, but no longer uses it. The sedation can have unusual and unpleasant effects on a small percentage of patients, leading to restlessness, anxiety, and even breathing difficulty. When these side effects occur, the success of the surgery and your personal safety may be put at risk.
All reversal surgeries are now done under general anesthesia, administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. This approach is extremely safe and comfortable, and affords the ideal environment for the successful performance of your reversal surgery.