Q. I have to undergo eyelids lift surgery. Will a tube be inserted inside my throat during surgery?

Answered by
Dr. Yatish Anant Jadhav
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 02, 2020 and last reviewed on: Feb 05, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am going to have the muscles shortened in both eyes and then my eyelids lifted. They say I will be asleep when these muscles are shortened and then they will wake me up so I can talk and move my eyes. Will they put a tube down my throat? I am so scared about having this done as I panic when a lot of people get around me. I was in a serious car several years ago and it took for the medical personnel an hour to get me out.

Dr. Yatish Anant Jadhav



Welcome to icliniq.com.

As far as anesthesia is concerned in your case, the eyelid surgery may be done under general anesthesia which does require securing your airway safely. Prior to securing the airway, you will be given injectable medications to make you fall asleep so that you do not remember and also you are not aware of the procedure when it is being done. So I would suggest you not to worry.

As general anesthesia is a safe procedure when given by an experienced anesthetist. Now let me tell you about either of two tubes that may be used for the procedure are laryngeal mask airway (LMA) and endotracheal tube. LMA has advantages over endotracheal tube of less postoperative sore throat and lesser intraoperative rise in blood pressure and heart rate. This insertion and removal of airway tubes are safely done while you are unconscious so you are not aware of the procedure. So please do not worry. General anesthesia is given meticulously nowadays and patient safety is a primary concern.

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