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About your Anaesthetic 

TYPES OF ANAESTHETIC:

Local Anaesthetic

  • Local anaesthetic medication is injected into/around the site of surgery to numb/anaesthetise the area
  • It may be accompanied by sedation for the duration of the surgery

TYPES OF ANAESTHETIC:

Regional Anaesthetic Injection

  • An entire area of the body/limb is numbed /anaesthetised for surgery
  • Safe and correct placement of injection may entail usage of ultrasound or a nerve stimulator

TYPES OF ANAESTHETIC:

Spinal/Epidural Anaesthetic

  • Local anaesthetic injection is placed into the epidural space or into the subdural space to numb either below the waist, lower limbs, or the upper torso area
  • Epidurals may result in a tiny catheter or tube being left in the epidural space of the back in order to continue to anaesthetise the surgical area for a longer post-operative period

TYPES OF ANAESTHETIC:

Sedation

    • Medication is given into bloodstream/intravenously via a drip, or orally as a tablet
    • This helps to relax you, alleviates anxiety and often reduces pain
    • You are awake but not fully aware during conscious sedation but much sleepier during deep sedation and may not remember the surgery or anaesthetic
    • The depth of sedation is determined by what is required for your comfort during surgery
    • You are able to communicate if needed, but are not anxious or uncomfortable
    • Depth of sedation may vary during the procedure

TYPES OF ANAESTHETIC:

General Anaesthetic:

  • Medication is given via a drip into bloodstream/ intravenously, or anaesthetic gases are inhaled into lungs to keep you asleep and anaesthetised
  • A breathing tube or mask is used to protect your airway and/ assist your breathing whilst asleep
  • You are completely unaware and pain-free during surgery
  • May result in slightly longer time spent in the postoperative ward before discharge home in order to allow for recovery from anaesthetic

PHONE Dr Caroline Corbett