Recovery Room: After the operation, you may be taken to the recovery room. Recovery staff will be with you at all times. When they are satisfied that you have recovered safely from your anaesthetic you will be taken back to the ward.

Pain Relief: Good pain relief is important and some people need more pain relief than others. Your anaesthetist will make sure that you are comfortable afterwards. Occasionally, pain is a warning sign that all is not well, so you should ask for help when you feel pain.

Anti-sickness Drugs: You will also be given drugs to PREVENT nausea and vomiting.

Discharge: NO sooner than 2 hours after the operation.

Up to 24 hours after your General Anaesthetic:

DO NOT drive
DO NOT drink alcohol
DO NOT operate machinery
DO NOT sign legal documentation
Need a responsible Adult to look after you

Complications and Side Effects

The risk of complications of anaesthetics depend on:

  • Whether you have any other illnesses
  • Factors such as smoking or being overweight
  • Surgery that is complicated, long or done in an emergency

Side effects

COMMON
UNCOMMON
VERY RARE
Feeling sick and vomiting
Sore throat
Dizziness, blurred vision
Itching
Headache
Minor damage to lips or tongue
Pain during injection of drugs
Bruising and soreness
Confusion or memory loss
Chest infection
Muscle pains
Damage to teeth
An existing medical condition getting worse
Awareness
Damage to the eyes
Heart attack
Stroke
Serious allergy to drugs
Nerve damage
Death

DON’T WORRY! Anaesthesia is extremely safe. If you have any further concerns or questions your anaesthetist will be happy to answer them.