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Anesthesia for Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery at Sibley is performed at the Sibley Ambulatory Surgery Center, where all anesthesia is administered by board-certified anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. Prior to your operation, your anesthesiologist will discuss the procedure with you. During your procedure, he or she will make sure you receive fluids for hydration, antibiotics if needed and medications to minimize pain, inflammation and nausea. He or she will work with your surgeon and nurses until you are awake and comfortable in the recovery room.

Anesthesia for cosmetic surgery cannot typically be billed to your health insurance carrier. Therefore, the Department of Anesthesiology has agreed to provide anesthesia to all cosmetic surgery patients at a discounted rate. Your plastic surgeon’s office will be able to help estimate what your anesthesia fee will be, but if your actual surgery takes longer than planned, your fee may be higher than originally estimated. On the day of surgery, you will need to present a credit card for payment and possible overtime charges. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. If you have any questions regarding cosmetic surgery billing, please contact the Department of Anesthesiology practice administrator at (202) 243-2280.

If you have a significant medical condition, extreme anxiety or have had trouble with anesthetics in the past, you may have a consultation with one of the anesthesiologists prior to your surgery date. Have your plastic surgeon write you a prescription for a “pre-op consultation” with the Department of Anesthesiology. You may then call to make an appointment at 202-537-4437 to discuss and plan your care as appropriate.

You may request a specific anesthesiologist by speaking with your surgeon or by calling the Anesthesia Office at 202-537-4141 several days prior to your surgery.

Learn more about cosmetic surgery at the Sibley Surgery Center.

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