Welcome to Exhale Anaesthesia in association with Dr Caroline Corbett, Specialist Anaesthesiologist (MBBch (Wits), DA(SA), FCA(SA).
Dr Corbett prides herself on a superior standard of patient care, working with top surgeons in the Western Cape.
Meet your anaesthetist
Dr Caroline Corbett
is a specialist anaesthesiologist and a registered member of the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists and the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
- Is a medical doctor who has specialised as anaesthesiologist
- Is registered with both the Health Profession’s Council of South Africa and the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists as a specialist
- Will examine you thoroughly in order to ensure that you are the fittest you can be for your anaesthesia and surgery
- Designs a tailor-made anaesthetic for you and your unique physiology in order to ensure the ideal surgical conditions, anaesthetic stability and best chance at optimum recovery.
- Will be dedicated to monitoring and caring for you for the entire time you are in theatre
- Works as part of the surgical and theatre team all sharing in your experience
- Will liaise with your loved one or your family during your surgery, if you would like them to be kept updated
- Is dedicated to providing the best possible care for you on your peri-operative journey
- Is tailor-made for your personal physical needs and those of the surgery you are booked for
- Will enable you to be unaware, comfortable, without pain and stable during your surgery
- May involve light/conscious sedation which provides varying levels of consciousness where you may be partially aware, but not distressed or in pain
- May involve deeper sedation where you may be asleep, easily rousable, but not distressed or in pain
- May involve general anaesthesia where you will be completely asleep, in a coma-like state, and only rousable with reversal or completion of the anaesthetic medication at the end of the surgery
- May involve a combination of the above and local anaesthetic where you will be injected with medication that numbs the surgical area in order to be pain-free for your surgery and immediate post-operative period
- Will be discussed at length with you by your anaesthetist, including the appropriate options available to you for your specific surgery
- Is safer and carries less risk of dying than the risk of dying whilst you are driving a car.
for Your Anaesthetic
- contact your anaesthetist in advance if you are unsure or concerned about anything pertaining to your anaesthetic
- bring a list of all your prescription medications, herbal medications, supplements, homeopathic medications and other daily tablets you take (and their doses) with you to hospital
- ideally stop all forms of smoking and usage of recreational drugs, gym supplements and performance enhancers at least 2 weeks before surgery
- do not consume alcohol the night before surgery
- do not allow yourself to be dehydrated by excessive sporting activities, sunburn or unnecessary fasting the day before surgery
- strictly follow the fasting guidelines given to you by your anaesthetist (no solid food/milk for 6 hours, no clear fluid for 2 hours before surgery)
- if you are ill, injured or unwell before surgery, please contact your anaesthetist before surgery to ensure you are still fit for anaesthesia
- ensure that you have someone able to take you home and care for you after your surgery, especially if you are having a day case procedure, as you are not permitted to drive yourself home