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General anaesthesia is a state of controlled unconsciousness. During a general anaesthetic, medicines are used to send you to sleep, so you’re unaware of surgery and do not move or feel pain while it’s carried out. This the most commonly used form of anaesthesia and can be combined with another technique for pain control.
Spinal injections are a safe and very effective way to give anaesthesia. They are administered by an anaesthesiologist who will also explain the technique to you. This can be used as the sole anaesthetic technique or in combination with a general anaesthetic as part of the post-operative pain management protocol.
This form of regional anaesthetics can be used as a sole form of anaesthesia and/or a method of post operative pain control where analgesic drugs are continuously administered through an indwelling catheter. View Document Here.
This block is administered through an injection at the side of the neck between the interscalene muscles or just above or below the clavicle. This is in general a very safe and effective method of pain relief for the shoulder, arm or hand. The block is administered by your anaesthesiologist who will explain the technique to you.
They are safe and give good post- operative pain relief in the absence of a total sympathectomy. These blocks are administered through an injection in the groin, through or below the buttocks, behind the knee joint or around the ankle depending on the type of lower limb block.
Stop all food 6 hours pre-operatively as per international guidelines. This is to prevent aspiration of gastric content into the lungs causing a potentially life-threatening chemical pneumonitis which is usually managed in ICU.
Stop formula milk 6 hours pre-operatively
Stop breast milk 4 hours pre-operatively
Give child 2 hours pre-operatively 30ml diluted apple juice (half water/half apple juice)
Chewing gum should not be permitted on the day of surgery.
Sweets including lollipops are solid food. A minimum pre-op fasting time of six hours is recommended.
Premedication drugs are used primarily for anxiolysis to alleviate anxiety as well as sedation and amnesia.
You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire to highlight potential problems while you are undergoing surgery and anaesthesia. Please bring information on any medical conditions you may have with you to the hospital when you are admitted for your operation.
1. Bring your current medication to the hospital if there is any chance that you will be staying overnight or need to take this medication while in the hospital.
2. Bring a list of any medication that you are currently on, or have taken in the past 3 months (including homeopathic and natural products).
3. Bring a list of any allergies you may have.
4. Take your routine medication as normal. (If you are taking Warfarin, Aspirin, Plavix or any other blood thinners please ask the surgeon when you should stop these before the operation).