Before havingan operation, you'll meet a specialist doctor called an anaesthetist to discuss which anaesthetic is most suitable for you.
Your anaesthetist will look at your medical history and will ask whether anyone in your family has had problems with anaesthesia. They'll also ask about your general health and lifestyle, including whether you:
Your anaesthetist can answer any questions you have. Let them know if you're unsureabout any part of the procedure or if you have any concerns.You should be given clear instructions to follow before the operation, including whether you can eat or drink anything in the hours leading up to it.
Just before you have surgery, you'll usually be taken to a room whereyour anaesthetist will give you the general anaesthetic.
It will either be given as a:
The anaestheticshould take effect very quickly. You'll start feeling light-headed, before becoming unconscious withina minute or so.
Your anaesthetist will stay with you throughout the procedure. They'll make sure you continue to receive the anaesthetic and that you stay in a controlled state of unconsciousness. They'll also give you painkilling medicine into your veins, so that you're comfortable when you wake up.
After your operation, the anaesthetist will stop the anaesthetic and you'll gradually wake up. You'll usually be in a recovery room at first, before being transferred to a ward.
Depending on your circumstances, you'll usually need to stay in hospital for a few hours to a few days after your operation.
General anaesthetics can affect your memory, concentration and reflexes for a day or two, so it's important for a responsible adult to stay with you for at least 24 hours after your operation, if you're allowed to go home. You'll also be advised to avoid driving, drinking alcohol and signing any legal documents for 24-48 hours.
General anaesthesia is a state of controlled unconsciousness. During a general anaesthetic, medications are used to send you to sleep, so you're unaware of surgery.
Before havingan operation, you'll meet a specialist doctor called an anaesthetist to discuss which anaesthetic is most suitable for you. Your anaesthetist will look at your medical history and will a
General anaesthetics havesome common side effects.Your anaesthetist should discuss these with you before your surgery. Most side effects occur immediately after your operation and don't last long. Po
A number of more serious complications are associated with general anaesthetics. Theseare rare, occurring in less than 1 in every 10,000 cases. Possible serious complications and risksinclude: a s