Anaesthetic Information

Types of Anaesthetic

On the Mobile Surgical Unit we use a number of different types of anaesthetic. The type of anaesthetic you receive depends on your surgery.

Anaesthetic Information1. General anaesthesia (GA) – This anaesthetic will put you to sleep for the whole operation.

2. Regional anaesthesia – The anaesthetist makes a region of your body numb so you won't feel anything during your surgery, even though you may be awake.

3. Local anaesthesia (LA) – The anaesthetist will numb the area directly surrounding the location of your treatment.

4. Monitored sedation – your anaesthetist or surgeon uses a special range of drugs to keep you comfortable and sleepy throughout the procedure, whilst still being able to respond to questions if needed. 

Anaesthetist CartoonWho is my anaesthetist?

An anaesthetist is an experienced specialist doctor. Their job is to make sure you are safe and pain-free during your operation and comfortable afterwards. You may not see a lot of the anaesthetist but they will see a lot of you! They will stay with you throughout your operation, maintaining your medication and keeping an eye on you. Your anaesthetist will talk to you before the surgery and let you know everything that will happen on the day.

The anaesthetist looking after you will ask you some questions about your history so they can give you the best care. Anything that you tell the anaesthetist, the surgeon or the nurses will remain completely confidential.

They will ask you about:

• Any history of drug allergies or problems with anaesthetic that you or your family may have had.

• Any illnesses or medical conditions in your family.

• Any illnesses that you have or medications that you are on. If you regularly take medication or use an inhaler please bring them with you and show the anaesthetist if he asks.

Anaesthetics CartoonWhat will happen?

Once your anaesthetist has spoken to you and you feel comfortable you will wait to be taken into the theatre on the Bus. Your anaesthetist and the theatre team will help you lie down on the operating table while they connect you to the anaesthetic machine. There may seem to be a lot of people in theatre but everyone has a job to do and it is all about looking after you.

You may also be asked to breathe through an oxygen mask while the anaesthetist gives you your anaesthetic.

Waking up

Waking from anaestheticYou will wake up in our recovery area where one of our nurses will look after you and monitor you. When you feel well enough, having sips of water and are more comfortable, we will offer you a cup of tea or coffee.

You will stay in the day ward until you feel well enough to be discharged.

Remember that you must have a responsible adult to drive you home – you will not be permitted to drive after your procedure due to the residual sedating effects of the anaesthesia.