During the years 1962 through 1977, 10,278 patients had local anesthesia for ophthalmic surgery at the authors institution. Computer scanning for prior MI and CAD yielded 970 patients whose charts were reviewed in detail. From an analysis of these cases, it is concluded that ophthalmic procedures performed under local anesthesia (retrobulbar block + infiltration) are not associated with the high (~6%) risk of postoperative MI reported in numerous studies to follow general or major regional anesthesia and surgery in patients with verified prior MI.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine