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Information regarding your anaesthetic

Anaesthesia information

Anaesthesia is a stage induced by drugs where a patient is insensible to pain. To produce this state, consciousness may be lost (general anaesthesia) or part of the body may be numbed (local or regional anaesthesia).  A range of modern drugs and techniques are used by the anaesthetist to suit each individual patient and the operation involved.  Some drugs can be injected into a vein and others are breathed as gases or vapours into the lungs along with oxygen.

Local anaesthetics can be injected into the skin or nerves to numb a certain region to be operated on and can be combined with sedation or general anaesthesia.




– Do not drink alcohol the day before or the day of your operation.

For morning operation – No food after midnight of the night before.
You may drink water until 4am on the day of surgery.

For afternoon operation – Light breakfast (i.e. tea and toast) before 7.00am.
You may drink water until 10.00am on the day of surgery.



Bring your normal daily medications to hospital with you.
If you are taking regular medication you should take your morning
dose with a sip of water when you first wake up.

EXCEPT  –  Anti-diabetic tables

EXCEPT  –  Aspirin containing medication



If you are on insulin, special arrangements are needed and you will
need to consult with the Surgeon before the date of operation.

At hospital, the nursing staff and your Anaesthetist will need details of:

1.             Allergies to medications                                     2.             History of previous operations

3.             Medication you are taking                                 4.             Any sickness or medical problems.


If you develop a cold or flu before the date of operation, please contact your surgeon as
another date may need to be arranged.

If you have any particular problems which you wish to discuss with your anaesthetist,
please ask your surgeon to refer you for a consultation.

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  • Your anaesthetist is responsible for your wellbeing during your operation and immediately afterwards.
  • He will visit you pre-operatively, examine you and answer any questions you may ask. He may order further tests if these are required.
  • He may order a sedative to overcome any anxiety you have prior to surgery or a premedication that will make you drowsy.
  • During the operation, your anaesthetist constantly watches your pulse, blood pressure, depth of consciousness, your cardiograph, and the level of oxygen in your blood.
  • Frequently he may breathe for you throughout the anaesthetic if your muscles have been relaxed to assist the surgeon.



Hospitals have specially equipped and staffed post-operative recovery wards where you will wake up and be attended until the immediate effects of anaesthesia have passed. Your anaesthetist will supervise this until you are safely awake and will order any drugs to relieve the discomfort of your operation and any nausea if it should occur.

These drugs will be provided immediately by the nursing staff on your request, so DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE.

After some operations you may find you have a drip with fluid running into a vein. Don’t be alarmed as it is only a means of providing fluid if you are dry or unable to drink.

If the anaesthetist has controlled your breathing during the operation you may be aware of a slightly hoarse voice or sore throat. This will soon pass.

For some procedures, you may notice some muscular aches which will pass after a day or so. These can be minimised by staying home and reducing activity for the day after operation.



Your anaesthetist will send you an account for the anaesthetic service sometime after the operation is over. This will be quite separate from the surgeon’s fee and the amount is based on a number of factors which include the duration and complexity of the operation and your age and general health.

The fee charged will be that recommended by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists which will be greater than the Medicare rebate. It will attract Medicare and Health fund rebates, but, you will have to pay an amount over and above those rebates.


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