We do many small procedures under local anesthesia in our Kalispell office. This includes the removal of skin cancers. Some procedures, for example eyelid surgery, can also be done under local anesthesia in the office. Frequently we will give the patient an oral medication to help with anxiety and nervousness. We do not do any general anesthesia in our office. We do not do any intravenous anesthesia in our office.
The anesthesia service is here in the valley are quite good. I work both at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and the surgery center at Health Center, both located in Kalispell and convenient to Whitefish. The facilities are excellent.
Anesthesia has some risks, but in healthy people these are small. During your evaluation we will assess whether your health risks make anesthesia more difficult. Having a sore throat and being nauseated are common side effects of general anesthesia. The particular tests which may be required for your safety depend on your age and general health. These will be determined by the anesthesiologist. He will be contacted by the hospital prior to your surgery to make the necessary arrangements for those tests.