Lexington Plastic Surgeons is using Ketamine as an alternative to anesthesia for breast augmentation, facial and body surgeries to dramatically lessen recovery and healing time. It also does not have an effect on breathing or heart function during surgery. Traditional anesthesia can sometimes be a source of concern for our patients as they do not love the idea of being put into a sleep state. With this method, they are not asleep but rather in an altered state of mind. This method continues to increase in popularity due to its many benefits.
Ketamine puts patients in a trance-like state, making people feel disconnected from their environment. Ketamine has a rapid action that diminishes sensation, prevents pain, induces sleep, and inhibits memory. If you’ve been resistant to surgery out of fear of being put fully asleep, this could be a great solution for you. During your operation, you would have your vital signs monitored while you are receiving ketamine to minimize the risk of medication-induced side effects.
“They call Ketamine, the “Woke” drug because you are reaching an altered state of consciousness,” explains Dr. Jones. “Ketamine reacts within the brain’s chemical system to disrupt the neurotransmitters – which usually send the message of pain to and from the body’s central nervous system. The body is awake and responding in a relaxed altered state of consciousness. While Anesthesia puts the body to sleep, Ketamine puts the body into a relaxed state. This is great for patients that are worried about the safety of anesthesia.”
— Dr. Michael Jones
This system of pain relief is especially effective when surgery involves sitting the patient up to assess symmetry and proportion. Using Ketamine reduces the body’s healing time as it does not have to recover from general anesthesia, a tracheal tube (used for breathing) and the general grogginess and disconnect with the body. Ketamine does not impose restrictions on respiratory reflexes so one can breathe regularly.
Ketamine is a Class III scheduled drug approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) for use in medical setting as an anesthetic substitute. It has been used in emergency surgical situations all over the world as it does not need to be refrigerated, can travel safely, and be administered in liquid or pill form.
Like all decisions about healthcare, you should speak directly with your doctor before using any prescription drug. Ketamine is not recommended for patients who are allergic to it or those who have heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, alcoholism and more. Please tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Please speak directly to your surgeon at Lexington Plastic Surgeons if you would like to know more regarding your use during surgery.