Monday, April 22, 2013

Anesthesiologist for Cataract Surgery?

Question: I am having cataract surgery and was told I have to have an anesthesiologist and will be charged $400.  I don't want an anesthesiologist for my surgery but my cataract surgeon and the surgery center say I am going to be charged the $400 for one to be there anyway because it is required by state law.

Answer: Depending on your cataract surgeon and your general health it is often the case that even though cataract surgery is typically done with only eye drops for anesthesia, it is necessary to have “stand by” or other anesthesia available. This is NOT your decision. It is a medical decision made by the surgeon, the surgery center and general medical and surgical practice standards that are often mandated by regulations at various state levels and sometimes even federal regulations.

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