Anesthesiologist Questions Local Anesthesia

Is anesthesia needed for a fistula procedure?

My mother needs to have a procedure for her fistula. Will she require anesthesia for this? If so, what kind would it be? She's also over 70 years old.

3 Answers

I am assuming it’s a AV fistula for renal dialysis? This may be done under local anesthesia with IV sedation.
Anesthesia would be necessary but it really depends on the type of fistula.
Yes, generally, anesthesia would be used for fistula creation and/or repair. At times, a local nerve block can be utilized if absolutely necessary. The surgeon and anesthesiologist will come up with the best plan to handle the surgery from an anesthetic standpoint, taking into account your mother's general health and other medical conditions.