Can general anesthesia be given right after a tumescent lipo that contains lidocaine?

Q:

Is it possible or even safe to have a tumescent liposuction procedure of the flanks right before going under general anesthesia for tummy tuck? I am referring to tumescent formula that will contain lidocaine in it.

A:

Tumescent technique or a variation called "superwet" is commonly done for liposuction in conjunction with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty.) Even if the entire procedure is done under general anesthesia, there would still be infusion of a solution with lidocaine for the liposuction area.

Richard A. Baxter, M.D.
Mountlake Terrace, WA

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