News presenter: Welcome back to WBRZ news 2 at 4:00. Dr. Stephens joins us today, we’re talking about, patient procedures regarding anesthesia.
Anthony Stephens: Right, and that’s one of the most common concerns I see for plastic surgery is: G, general anesthesia, you know “will I wake up, will I wake up during the procedure”, a lot of these fears you know most of these are just unfounded and young healthy patients but this is always some of the biggest concerns of people that I see undergoing cosmetic or elective surgery.
News presenter: I mean, that’s the big question, is it?
Anthony Stephens: It is, it is and most of these are really unfounded and today’s ability to monitor the patient you know we’re in the thing we can see these patients every move we can monitor them and especially patients that are young and healthy we just don’t see the problems to put things in perspective, a complication from anesthesia is 1 in 200,000 to put it in perspective a lightning strike for any individual on a lifetime is about 1 in 80,000 so that shows you that it’s extremely rare in young healthy patient to have any problem whatsoever.
News presenter: So what kind of precautions do you take?
Anthony Stephens: well I think the precautions that most people should do is they should do their research make sure their word certified facility either JCAHO or for ASF, make sure that their surgeon is certified by the American board of medical specialists and an anesthesiologist is board certified as well and if you’re in one of those facilities that I think your risk or very, very low because look you’re not a good candidate and no one would operate on you to begin with unless you’re a good candidate for an elective procedure.
News presenter: Right, and for those who haven’t go under I mean what does it feel like or what is it, how well is it last.
Anthony Stephens: well, that’s the thing in elective cases are generally very short for the most part and so they’re outpatient so we’re not operating one someone that has a lot of medical problems and so they are fairly short and they go home at the end of the day and so we just don’t see problems from an anesthetic prospective with a cosmetic elective surgery.
News presenter: Ok, thank you so much Dr. Stephens for coming in today, we appreciate it. You’re watching WBRZ news 2 at 4:00, we’ll be right back.