Prior to your surgery, you will be reviewed by an Anaesthetist. Please take the opportunity to discuss any concerns you have about anaesthesia at that time.
Your Anaesthetist requires detailed medical knowledge about you and will see you before your operation. The suitable choices of anaesthesia available for you and your operation will be discussed at this interview. If necessary, some medication may be prescribed for you to help you relax on the day of surgery.
On the day of surgery you will be prepared for transfer to the operating suite from your ward. Generally, food and fluids are withheld for 6 hours prior to surgery. Many of your usual medications may be taken with a sip of water but please check with your Anaesthetist first.
Next, you will be taken from your ward to the Patient Reception Area where a nurse will check your details. In the operating suite, you will be prepared for anaesthesia. General anaesthesia may be commenced by placing a plastic tube (“drip”) in a vein and then injecting fast-acting medication through it. Some patients prefer to breathe an anaesthetic gas to start anaesthesia.
During your stay in the operating theatre, your Anaesthetist will use clinical skills and electronic monitors to check vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rhythm and lung function. General anaesthesia allows surgery to be undertaken without the patient experiencing pain or awareness.
The Anaesthetist continues to monitor vital signs and administer medications and fluids as needed. After your surgery is finished, you are transferred to the Recovery Room. Skilled nurses care for you until you are awake and comfortable enough to return to the ward. After you return to the ward, your care will be continued by your surgical team and nursing staff. You may also be visited by your Anaesthetist. Advice regarding postoperative problems such as pain control, nausea and vomiting may be offered at this time.