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DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-32252
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Anesthetic Considerations for Large-Volume Liposuction and Body-Contouring Surgery

Philip Walk1 2 , Joseph P. Hunstad2
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, Union Regional Medical Center, Monroe, NC
  • 2Hunstad Center for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Charlotte, NC
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17. Juni 2002 (online)


Patients of all ages and with most preexisting medical conditions can be safely anesthetized for large-volume liposuction and body-contouring procedures. In this article we describe anesthesia recommendations and techniques that have allowed us to safely treat more than 1500 patients over a 61/2-year period in the private office setting. The specifics are used as guidelines in maintaining a high level of patient safety and satisfaction.