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Anesthesia for hip or knee replacement surgery is a hot topic for several reasons. For one, patients are usually recommended either general or regional anesthesia. It’s up to you to gather as much information as possible to really understand your preference. Secondly, the thought of anesthesia can be nerve-wracking. Everyone has heard horror stories about anesthesia (whether fictional or not) that can make the idea of “going under” scary.

In reality, anesthesia is very safe but there is a lot of information patients should sift through and be aware of. Read on as we keep this post short and sweet and touch on what goes into choosing the right anesthetic for your joint replacement surgery; break down the differences in anesthesia types; and talk the pros and cons of each method.

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