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Outpatient Abdominoplasty Facilitated by Rib Blocks

Background: Striving to increase patient comfort and feasibility of performing abdominoplasties as outpatient procedures, investigators have been exploring alternative methods of anesthesia to safely avoid general anesthesia. These techniques may result in decreased narcotic administration, and decreased postoperative nausea and vomiting. The authors have added the use of preoperative local anesthesia rib blocks with sedation to replace general anesthesia in abdominoplasties.

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