While general anesthesia affects the whole body and carries with it certain side effects, a nerve block treats only the surgical site and its after-effects are minimal. Patients often go home and treat their pain with Tylenol, with minimal, if any, need for narcotics to control their pain.
Yan Ho Lee, MD, is a dedicated facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon for Yale Medicine Otolaryngology. She is continually amazed at the effect these surgeries to repair conditions and traumas can have on patients’ self-esteem. Often the benefits go beyond appearance.