Anesthesia

Sanctuary Plastic Surgery’s full-time Anesthesiologist, Dr. Kenneth Kushner administers all anesthesia in our AAAAF surgical suite. Dr. Kushner calls each patient personally the night before surgery to review precautions and procedures. Depending on the type of procedure you are receiving one of the following options for anesthesia will be available to you:

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General Anesthesia

General anesthesia uses intravenous medications and inhaled anesthetic gases to place the patient in a controlled state of unconsciousness or “deep sleep”. During this time the patient’s vital functions are monitored and maintained within normal values and there is no perception of the senses or time.

Prior to surgery, Dr. Kushner will determine the best combination of medications and dosages with the key determining factors being age, weight, medical history, current medications and previous anesthetics. It is important to provide the anesthesiologist with accurate and truthful answers to his questions, which are protected under doctor-patient confidentiality. This information is pertinent to safety and selecting the proper technique.

Intravenous Sedation

IV Sedation, otherwise known as “twilight” anesthesia, is sedation delivered through an intravenous line. IV Sedation induces a state of deep relaxation; patients are not bothered by what is going on around them. Most patients do not recall events during surgery since the medications used in IV sedation produce either partial or full memory loss during the procedure. Time will appear to pass very quickly.

Regional Anesthesia

This technique produces insensitivity of a desired region of the body while leaving the remainder of the patient unaffected. A regional anesthetic is typically augmented with intravenous sedation to allow the patient a pain-free and anxiety-free surgery.

Education

  • University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • Doctor of Medicine, 1986
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Laboratory Teaching Assistant, 1982
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Phi Beta Kappa graduate
  • Bachelor of Science, 1981

Post Doctoral Training

  • University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
  • Residency, Anesthesiology, 1988-1991
  • Cabrini Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, 1987-1988

Positions

  • Sanctuary Plastic Surgery, Boca Raton, FL
  • June 2002-Present
  • Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, Rock Springs, WY
  • January 1993-December 2002
  • Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter, FL
  • July, 1991-June, 1992

Board Status

  • Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology

State Licensure

  • Florida, New York, Wyoming