What type of anesthesia is used for knee liposuction?

Is knee liposuction a procedure that requires general anesthesia or is it possible to get it done under a less sedative local anesthetic?


F, 45, New Jersey

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When I was looking into getting liposuction done to my knees, one of my biggest concerns was whether or not I'd have to undergo general anesthesia and be completely knocked out for the procedure. Just thinking about it gave me anxiety, as I really don't like the idea of being completely sedated and unaware. Luckily, I did find a board certified plastic surgeon in my area who recommended the tumescent technique giving me the option to go with either just a local anesthetic or a combination of a local anesthetic with a smaller amount of sedation. I chose just to go with the local anesthetic and did really well with it. If you are fine with having a couple local injections that do sting a bit versus going the whole general anesthesia route, then it certainly is doable. You just have to find a qualified surgeon willing to accommodate your request.

One of my concerns before my knee liposuction procedure was the type of anesthesia being used. I wanted the surgical procedure to go as smoothly as possible. My doctor let me know that local anesthesia is used the majority of the time. Only in cases where there is a large amount of fat to be removed do they recommend using general anesthesia. I was completely satisfied with this answer. A local anesthesia was used for my procedure, and it was a great experience. The discomfort was fairly minimal. I am pleased with the results of my procedure and happy with the decision to use a local anesthesia. Aside from some bruising and swelling post op, the whole process went smoothly.

When I was considering going through with the knee liposuction procedure, I was a little worried about being put under general anesthetic. To my relief, after consulting with my plastic surgeon, I was told that since I had lost a tremendous amount of weight and my knees were not too large, I was able to have the procedure under a local anesthetic known as lidocaine. There are different techniques used for liposuction by my doctor used tumescent liposuction which is supposedly the most common. He said that this technique would minimize blood loss and post surgery it would reduce pain.

My board certified plastic surgeon informed me that in some cases general anesthetic is needed when there are a lot of fat deposits to be removed and the knee is large. It was a great experience being able to do the procedure without being put under!

It really depends on the size of the knee. I recently lost a lot of weight so the doctor decided it was safe enough for me to get the procedure in the office with local anesthesia. It was pretty simple; it was just a few injections without sedation into the knee area.

If you have a big knee it will have large fat deposits and most likely require general anesthesia. This will allow the surgeon to get massive amounts of fat out around your knee without you feeling any pain. If you are unsure of what size your knee is I would discuss it with your plastic surgeon. Good luck!

The type of anesthesia I would use for a knee liposuction will depend on the size of the knee under surgery. I would perform a liposuction procedure on a small-sized knee under local anesthesia in an office. For a big knee that may have more than 500cc of fat in them, I would recommend a general anesthesia. This is because some patients may not tolerate the pain that exists in little sedation and local anesthesia.

Again, I would advise you not to give in to your fears of anesthesia. Have a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) examine your knee first. If you can tolerate a few local injections that will sting for a few minutes, then you can undergo the liposuction procedure without a problem under local anesthesia with or without sedation.

However, if your knee has very large fat deposits, I would recommend a general anesthesia. This will allow your surgeon to draw the large amounts of fat out. The upside is that you are less likely to feel any pain.