IV anesthesia vs. General anesthesia: What is the differerence?

Dr. Todd Hobelmann is one of the Board certified anesthesiologist who works with us here at Cosmeticsurg in Baltimore. In this video he talks about the anesthetic that they perform here for most of our surgical cases.

We use IV sedation, as opposed to general anesthesia. Dr. Hobelman describes it as a light general anesthetic, or a very deep sedation. It usually entails putting in the IV and giving the patient some medication that continually runs through that IV during surgery. He agrees that there are many benefits to the regular general anesthetic.

Beyond the benefits of not having an endotracheal tube in your airway (you breathe on your own with IV sedation), patients also experience less nausea and vomiting and a much quicker recovery time following surgery.


Hello, everybody. My name is Todd Hobelmann and I’m one of the anesthesiologists from Good Samaratin, the Hunt Valley Anesthesia Group, and I work with Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez and his excellent staff over here at the Cosmetic surgery center.

I want to talk with you quickly a little bit about the anesthetic that we perform here. The best way to describe it would be a light general anesthetic, or a very deep sedation. For most cases, we’re able to do this.

It usually entails us putting in an IV in the beginning of a case, giving you some medication that continually runs through that IV, and has very many benefits to the regular general anesthesic that you might get in a hospital.

I guess the first major advantage is that we do not have to place an endotracheal tube down your airway. This allows you to wake up with a somewhat less of a sore throat.

Another advantage is that the medication that we use in the IV has a little bit less side effect of nausea and vomiting.

Finally, with the very nice amount of local anesthetic that Dr. Rodriguez applies during the surgery, the side effects of nausea and vomiting and constipation from narcotics is lessened to a significant degree.

So overall, when we talk with patients at the conclusion of a procedure, they’re very happy and content with the way it’s gone. As happy or happier than they are when they’ve had it at larger institutions or hospitals.

So, that’s how we do things here. If you have any questions feel free to get a hole of use, we’ll be happy to answer them.

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