Dr. O’Neil removes many smaller masses using local anesthesia. If you would like to know if your pet is a candidate for having a procedure completed with a local block instead of general anesthesia, schedule an exam with Dr. O’Neil. If the mass can be removed safely with adequate margins using local anesthesia, your pet can avoid the risk of general anesthesia.
Good candidates for procedures under local:
Relatively calm dogs or cats
Masses that are generally less than an inch in diameter
Masses that are located on the neck, chest, back
Those located on the head, face, legs can be done--but it depends on
the patient and the mass.
Advantages of Local anesthesia:
Safety for your pet---avoid the risk of general anesthesia
Shorter recovery time
Less expensive--no preanesthetic bloodwork required, no
IV catheter, no general anesthesia, less hospitalization.