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Question
I AM HAVING A NEW PACEMAKER WITH AN ADDITIONAL WIRE. MY DOCTOR IT WILL TAKE ABOUT AN HOUR.

HOW WOULD YOU PUT ME ASLEEP?

    THANK YOU

Answer
Hi Paul,

Thanks for the question.  I will try my best to answer.

In general, there can be two ways to do this: general anesthesia and/or local anesthesia with sedation.

With general anesthesia, you would be given medicines through an IV, where you would then be asleep, and your airway supported with a soft plastic breathing device, or a breathing tube, depending on several factors, such as medical history, last time you ate, etc.

With local anesthesia with sedation, you would be given medicines through an IV, and while you are sleeping, your surgeon will inject local anesthetics to the area where he/she needs, to be able to change the pacemaker.

Again, the type of anesthesia is dictated by your medical history, any recent issues, blood work results, last time you ate food/drink, etc.

Hope this helps.  Thanks again for your question, and good luck!

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Dino Kattato MSNA CRNA

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Former ICU/ER RN with several years of experience. I can answer questions relating to the CRNA education process, professional issues involved, as well as questions about adult and pediatric clinical anesthesia.

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Level I regional Trauma center dealing with simple to complex patient populations of all ages. Experience with general anesthesia, spinal and epidural anesthesia, and total IV anesthesia for all surgical specialties including neuro, ortho, general surgery, vascular, electrophysiology, and VIR, with the exception of cardiac anesthesia. Ambulatory surgery center dealing mostly with ENT, plastics, and eyes (70%:30% peds:adults).

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AANA Journal February 2010 Feb;78(1):24-7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=20977125&dopt=abstractplus

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RN BSN MSNA ACLS/PALS BLS instructor

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