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Your Anaesthetic
– Your anaesthetist will have seen your “Anaesthesia Assessment – Patient Questionnaire” that you filled out when your surgery was booked and will assess you before you go to the operating theatre.
– Your anaesthetic options will be discussed with you by one of your orthopaedic surgeon and your anaesthetist, the most appropriate anaesthetic for you will be recommended and the risks discussed. The emphasis with respect to your anaesthetic is on safety, ensuring you have no pain during your surgery and are not aware of what is happening.
– The most common types of anaesthetic given to patients include
o General anaesthetic
o Spinal anaesthetic plus intravenous sedation
o Epidural anaesthetic plus intravenous sedation

The following sites provide very helpful information in straightforward language for patients:
1. You and your anaesthetic.
2. Your spinal anaesthetic.
3. Anaesthetic choices for hip or knee replacement.

– All of these are designed to give complete pain relief and little, if any, recollection of the operation.
– In addition the anaesthetist may suggest various nerve blocks. These are local anaesthetic injections around nerves to provide excellent pain relief at the operation site once the effects of the main anaesthetic have worn off.
– Remember that your anaesthetist will be with you and monitoring you carefully throughout your surgery. The anaesthetist and Mr French will manage your post operative care while you are in hospital.

For more information or to arrange an appointment, contact one of our friendly staff and we will help you with anything you would like to know.