Frequently Asked Questions

If you are in any way concerned regarding your health in regards to your anaesthetic it is important you contact Specialist Anaesthetic Services on 8273 5666 so we can discuss and resolve your concerns.

PLEASE NOTE: The following is general information ONLY.

Patient Privacy

At Specialist Anaesthetic Services we are committed to the protection of your personal information. We have designed this policy to ensure that your personal information is protected.
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Prior to surgery some medicines need to be stopped, adjusted or their use reviewed. Patients should continue all other medications as prescribed and advise the Anaesthetist of all medication used prior to the operation.

PLEASE NOTE: This is general information ONLY. If you have any queries or concerns please contact Specialist Anaesthetic Services on 8273 5666.
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It would be ideal for you to quit smoking. If you cannot do this, reduce the amount you smoke. You should not smoke on the day of surgery.

If you are concerned about your health in regards to your anaesthetic it is important you contact Specialist Anaesthetic Services on 8273 5666 where we can discuss your concerns.

Coughs and colds

Coughs and colds can make your airways more “reactive”. However the effect can last for four to seven weeks after your illness.

There are signs that the cough or cold is a little more severe than usual. The signs are:

If you have these symptoms it is important that you see your GP (who will be able to assess you prior to your scheduled surgery) or ring our rooms on 8273 5666 and our staff can determine the course of action for you to take.

Fingernails – painted, acrylic or gel

There is some concern that coloured fingernails interfere with pulse oximeter readings (a monitor the Anaesthetist uses to check your oxygen levels throughout the operation). Ear oximeter probes can be substituted for finger probes.

Consequently, you can leave the polish and prosthetic nails on.


Fasting is VERY important before your anaesthetic.

This is because anaesthesia often causes a loss of normal reflexes. This makes patients prone to regurgitation and inhalation of gastric contents.

The times you need to fast are:

The time is based on when your surgery is booked to be performed. Your surgeon or hospital will inform you what time you need to fast from when you book your surgery.

If you have any queries regarding your fasting contact us on 8273 5666.