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Anesthesia

Help I am scared

02/21/2008

Question:

Hi I have to get a Leep procedure in March and I am terrified of the anesthesia part. Please help me understand. I am afraid I`m going to die. Couldn`t I stay awake during the procedure?

Answer:

Some people appear to just breeze through the experience of anesthesia and surgery. Others are deeply anxious.

Often there is a reason for the anxiety. A previous bad experience. A family member who was harmed. A misconception. An underlying anxiety disorder. I wonder what is making you so frightened.

The reality is that for a minor surgical procedure, the risk of anesthesia is very low. In fact, the risk of dying from anesthesia in otherwise healthy patients is about the same as taking a train or flying on a commercial jet.

A LEEP procedure can be done with general anesthesia. Moderate-deep sedation is another option, as is spinal anesthesia. For more information about these options please browse the site or better still talk to your anesthesiologist and surgeon.

Related Resources:

Methods of Anesthesia (NetWellness original)
Methods of Anesthesia (SurgiPrep)

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Response by:

Gareth S Kantor, MD Gareth S Kantor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University