I saw a surgeon about
removing a large lipoma I have, and because of its size and how much local anesthetic(lidocaine) it would require, he says it is right in the gray area between local anesthetic being OK and being forced to use conscious sedation. Now, the surgeon is willing to use local anesthetic if I so choose, though he" doesn't recommend it". Even though it is only going to be a 20 min or so procedure(and most of that suturing after the actual removal) if you do conscious sedation that puts you in the hospital so you can be properly monitored during the sedation, and that means a LOT of cost. It will be less than $1000 to do it with local...
So a question for anyone who may have been in this situation, where you did a skin based surgery where you go in knowing you might have had a little less anesthetic than would technically have been required....how bad can it possibly hurt to have used(RANDOM number here) 20 cc of lidocaine when it would technically have needed, say, 25 or 30cc? Is anesthetic an all or nothing proposition, I mean, 75% numb of what you should have been isn't going to have you screaming bloody murder, surely?
If I wasn't clear, this is completely skin based, the surgery will not go deeper than that. It's just that it is a 3 inch long area and the lipoma has stretched the skin outwards about 3 inches as well. To be honest, I'm more worried that the suturing afterwards will hurt than the cutting of the lipoma itself.
And I'm pretty sure this lipoma is one of the wonderful features/gifts I've gotten from Lyme, if anyone wondered about relevance to this forum.
Post Edited (rcenters) : 9/13/2010 9:32:07 AM (GMT-6)