In our experience there are three issues that patients commonly have concerns about regarding their anaesthetic.
Nausea (feeling and being sick) has been reported to occur in up to 20% of patients following anaesthesia – however this is not our experience. We treat nausea very seriously because it is so unpleasant and is high on our patients’ list of concerns. We use a combination of medications and other techniques to reduce the incidence of nausea.
2. Post-operative pain
It is our aim to optimise pain relief while minimising the side effects of the painkillers. A variety of oral medications are used – often in combination – for minor surgery. Intermediate surgery often requires the addition of stronger pain killers which may be required as injections. Major surgery usually requires either strong painkillers in a drip or the use of an epidural. Every patient feels pain in a slightly different way and we aim to tailor your pain control to your requirements starting with the framework above. In specific circumstances we are able to offer specific local anaesthetic injections (performed during your general anaesthetic) to numb the surgical site for a number of hours after the operation.
3. Awareness under general anaesthesia
Awareness under general anaesthesia is rare, but is more likely when muscle relaxants are required. If insufficient anaesthetic reaches the patient while the muscle relaxant is still effective then the early warning signs of a light anaesthetic will be masked which if left unchecked may progress to awareness. General anaesthesia for caesarean section delivery and emergency surgery have a higher incidence of awareness. We recognise that awareness is a very serious event often with long term sequelae and our techniques seek to minimise its occurrence.