General vs local anaesthesia
April 1, 2014 7:00 AM Subscribe
Why give general instead of local anaesthesia for minor knee surgery?
posted by lollymccatburglar to Health & Fitness (13 answers total)
Mr. McCatburglar will be having surgery for a torn meniscus later this month. He went in for the pre-op consultation with the anaesthesiologist today, and they said he would be having general anaesthesia because of "better recuperation". I've always thought that general anaesthesia was a bigger deal and brought with it a lot of other complications, and therefore local was preferrable.
The internet seems to think that local, spinal, or general are all standard for this type of surgery. So what could the doctor have meant by "better recuperation" with general anaesthesia?
NB: this is my translation of Mr. McCatburglar's report of what the doctor said, so there could be some crossed wires here.