Types of Anaesthesia
Prior to your operation or procedure, your Anaesthesiologist will place you in a state of unconsciousness. This is done by injecting anaesthetic medication through a cannula placed in your vein or by you breathing in anaesthetic gases via a facemask. While you are unconscious, you will be unaware and will not be able to recall what is happening around you. During this state of unconsciousness, you will not be able to breathe unassisted, therefore your Anaesthesiologist will place a breathing tube in your throat and a special machine will assist you with breathing.
Your Anaesthesiologist will monitor your vital organ functions throughout your operation or procedure and safely administer various medications as required.
Regional and Local Anaesthesia
Your Anaesthesiologist can inject medication, called Local Anaesthetic, around nerves that supply movement and sensation to various parts of your body. This technique numbs the part of your body being operated on, therefore you will not feel any pain. To improve the safety of this technique your Anaesthesiologist will use special equipment, ultrasound and or a nerve stimulator, to safely locate the nerves needed to be localised.
Examples of this anaesthesia is an injection in the back; spinal and epidurals for caesarean section, eye blocks for eye operations or peripheral nerve blocks that supply the arm or leg ensuring it is numb and motionless for your operation or procedure.
Your Anaesthesiologist will inject local anaesthetic superficial on your skin that will ensure you do not feel any pain and discomfort when your operation or procedure is performed on your skin.
You can be awake, receive sedation or general anaesthesia in combination with Regional or Local anaesthesia.
The Anaesthesiologist will, via a cannula in your vein, inject anaesthetic medication to make you feel relaxed and comfortable for your operation or procedure. You will feel drowsy and most patients will have little or no recall of events when receiving sedation.