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Can skin graft on wound on the calf while being on pacemaker for slow heart rate be done with local anesthesia?

My doctor wants to do a skin graft on a wound on the calf of my leg. It is about the size of a quarter. I have a pacemaker for a slow heart rate. He says I have to receive general anesthesia. Can I have a graft done with local anesthesia? I ll be honest, I am very concerned about being put to sleep.
Tue, 14 Apr 2015
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It is understandable to be concerned but if you are assessed by your doctor and the anesthesiologist prior to the procedure then it should be okay for you.

Your cardiologist can also assess your fitness for anesthesia.

It may not be possible to have the skin removed under local anesthesia.

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