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Plastic Surgery And Anesthesia – Part 1

At the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center in Houston, one of the most common questions we receive from patients is about the method of anesthesia Dr. Eisemann uses during various procedures. This is understandable given patients do not want to experience pain during or immediately after their procedure, and some patients may have had unpleasant experiences with general anesthesia following other general surgeries. The typical response to general anesthesia during the recovery period may include dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, and low body temperature. Dr. Michael Eisemann and a co-investigator performed a retrospective study of 171 patients over a two-year period detailing the outcomes of breast augmentation (both with and without breast lift) in patients who received IV sedation with intercostal nerve blocks rather than general anesthesia. This study was published in the March 2012 edition of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Dr. Eisemann found that these patients tolerated this protocol very well with only a few patients experiencing nausea in the recovery room. In comparing these results with his 30 years of experience, patients who have IV sedation and intercostal nerve blocks fair much better, have less nausea and vomiting, and less bleeding. In these 171 patients, there were no complications of: (1) infection; (2) hematoma (collection of blood under the skin); (3) seroma (pockets of clear, serous fluid); or, (4) pneumothorax (abnormal collection of air or gas in the chest). Beyond medical benefits to the patient, using this protocol is more cost effective for the patient because he/she can avoid hospital admissions, hospital acquired infection and the expense of an anesthesiologist. To learn more about this anesthesia protocol, please stay tuned to our future blog posts.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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