Patient Information

Anaesthesia and You

The Australian Society of Anaesthetists have developed a brochure entitled “Anaesthesia and You” which can be accessed from their website. Alternatively you may request our rooms to provide you with a copy of our brochure “Information About Anaesthesia and Fees for Anaesthesia’.

A website titled may also provide you with useful information regarding your upcoming anaesthetic. This website is a web-based publication of the book “All about Anaesthesia” as authored by Dr Rob Westhorpe and Professor Jan Davies and is based on Australian research and findings.

Pre-Anaesthetic Instructions

For general information regarding your anaesthesia, click here to download our ‘Pre Anaesthetic Instructions’ flyer.

Patients who have had previous surgery to assist with weight loss eg; Gastric Banding
If you have had any gastric surgery to facilitate weight loss you must advise your Anaesthetist before your surgery.

If you have an Adjustable/Lap Band, you will usually need to arrange with your bariatric surgical team to have it deflated (either fully or partially) a few days prior to your surgery.

This applies to all patients having procedures where vomiting is possible, ie patients having general anaesthesia or those who might need strong painkillers after their procedure.

It is usually not required if you are planning to have a minor procedure under local anaesthesia and sedation. It is usually not required if you are having an endoscopy or colonoscopy.

Please contact our rooms if you are unsure and your anaesthetist will advise you if this will be required.

Epidural Pain Relief for Childbirth

An epidural provides very effective pain relief for women in labour. Even though your birth plan may not include epidural pain relief it is important to know about epidurals before labour as you may not manage with other forms of pain relief and you may consider having an epidural once you are in labour.

While everything is done to provide a prompt service, at times there can be delays that may inconvenience you and very rarely be unsafe. If you have concerns about this please speak to the hospital and obstetrician.

This text provides some information about epidurals, however it would be wise to also obtain information from other sources such as antenatal classes and recent consumer publications. If you have specific medical problems or concerns regarding epidurals you can contact the Anaesthetist who provides an anaesthetic service for your Obstetrician and make an appointment to discuss these problems prior to delivery.

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Caesarean Section

This text outlines the types of Anaesthesia available for a Caesarean Section. Your Anaesthetist will assess you prior to your Caesarean and discuss your anaesthetic with you in more detail. You can also obtain more information from your Obstetrician, Midwife and Antenatal classes.

This text is intended to provide information only. Please discuss individual circumstances with your anaesthetist.

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Children’s Anaesthesia

Specialist Anaesthetists try to reduce the anxiety to you and that of your child. We understand that this time can be stressful. It helps if you are candid and provide your child information about the surgery and the anaesthesia. It is preferable that your child does not know you are anxious, as this can upset some children. Please ask questions of your anaesthetist so that you are fully informed.

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Gynaecological Surgery

This text outlines the types of Anaesthesia available for a Gynaecological Surgery.

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Sedation Anaesthesia

For your surgical procedure you will be attended by a Specialist Anaesthetist who will administer agents to make you relaxed and sleepy. A needle will be inserted into a vein in your arm or hand once you are in the theatre. Oxygen will be given via a mask and monitors attached to you. Drugs which relax and sedate you will be given intermittently. You will be drowsy throughout and you may not remember much of the procedure. It is not a general anaesthetic. You will not lose control or “say the wrong thing.”

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Joint Replacement Surgery

The anaesthetic techniques used for major joint replacements are spinal, epidural, general anaesthesia and peripheral nerve blocks; in some cases a combination of these. You need to discuss which method will be used on you depending on:

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Managing Acute Pain

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists have developed a brochure entitled ‘Managing Acute Pain – A Guide for Patients’ available here.

We are also happy to send you a hard copy of this brochure. Please contact us on 8273 5666 to request a copy of the booklet.

Procedures Explained

Spinal Anaesthesia, General Anaesthesia, Nerve Block and Epidural Anaesthesia are common terms for procedures. To understand what they mean, we have explained each procedure through the link below.

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