Buzz is growing about a little-used form of anesthesia that’s being touted by some cosmetic surgeons as a safer, simpler alternative to general anesthesia. It’s called bispectral index monitored propofol ketamine sedation, or BIS.
Although safe when administered by a qualified anesthesiologist, general anesthesia can require up to 15 medications and educated estimating. Advocates of BIS say it’s a better choice because it uses only two medications, and the first, propofol, is measured on the patient’s brain in order to give ideal doses. Once the propofol is administered at the optimal level, ketamine can be administered without the side-effects associated with recreational use. Some cosmetic surgeons claim that their patients haven’t had nausea after surgery or the need for post-op narcotics to control pain.
Many more studies are required before the safety and advantages of this anesthesia method in cosmetic surgery are officially determined, and we’ll keep you informed here and in future issues of NewBeauty.
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