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Will I be sedated during my hand surgery?

I am a 47 year old female. I tore something in my hand and require surgery. Will I be sedated during my hand surgery?

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The type of anesthesia given for hand surgery depends on several factors. These include type of problem being addressed, patient characteristics, and also surgeon preference. Anesthesia can range from monitored anesthesia with sedation supplemented with local anesthesia injection, monitored anesthesia with lower extremity block (supraclavicular for example), or general anesthesia. 
Many hand surgery procedures can be performed under local anesthetic. The use of sedation is often up to the preference of the patient. As long as a patient is comfortable sedation is frequently not required. If a patient is anxious, sedation may be appreciated by both the patient and the staff.
That is up to your surgeon. Some surgeries can be done under local anesthesia, conversely, some surgeries require general anesthesia or sedation.

Harrison B. Solomon, M.D.
The answer is most likely yes. Most hand surgery procedures are performed under a local anesthetic block and intravenous sedation. Your anesthesiologist will discuss this with you on the day of your surgery. Good luck!

The anesthetic plan is based upon your specific medical situation, and a discussion between yourself, the anesthesiologist, and the surgeon. However, generally speaking most hand surgeries are performed using a regional anesthetic combined with IV sedation rather than general anesthesia. Certain minor procedures may be performed under local anesthesia only without the need for sedation.