These are three of the most common questions asked by a prospective patient.
In my practice, transplant times average between 4 to 8 hours, with a Robotic procedure taking about 2 hours longer than the traditional strip transplant.
I do not put patients to sleep, but I will use an oral tranquilizer if requested. Local anesthesia is adequate for this type of surgical procedure and certainly much safer than putting a patient out.
Anyone living a reasonable distance from the transplant office can drive home after surgery. If, however, a tranquilizer (usually Valium) is used, then driving oneself is not advisable.