Anaesthesia

There may be options for the choice of anaesthesia based upon the scheduled procedure and the preferences of both you and your surgeon. Below is an explanation of some of the anaesthesia methods that may be offered.

General Anaesthesia – this method involves the administration of Intravenous (IV) Sedation followed by inhaled gases to keep you ‘asleep’ and resting comfortably.

Regional Anaesthesia (Blocks) – Blocks of large nerves can be used to make larger areas such as the hand or whole arm insensitive to pain. Light sedation medications are typically used during surgery to allow you to feel at east.

Local Anaesthetic – some surgeries can be performed using administration of local anaesthetics to ‘numb’ the surgical site. At times, additional IV or inhaled sedation is used.

You will be asked to contact the anaesthetist prior to your surgery to discuss your medical history so the anaesthetist can assess whether or not it is safe for you to have an anaesthetic and which anaesthetic is the best anaesthetic for you to have at the time of your operation. During this discussion you can also express your desires and wishes regarding what type of anaesthetic you would prefer. The type of surgery that will be performed on you will govern your preference for anaesthetic. In other words some types of surgery require a General Anaesthetic while others can be done under a Local Anaesthetic such as an intravenous block or an ultrasound controlled nerve block.