Anaesthetists are doctors with specialist training who:
- Discuss types of anaesthesia with you and find out what you would like, helping you to make choices
- Discuss the risks of anaesthesia with you
- Agree a plan with you for your anaesthetic and pain control
- Are responsible for giving your anaesthetic and for your wellbeing and safety throughout your surgery
- Make your experience as calm and pain free as possible.
Some Types of Anaesthetics
Local anaesthesia: involves injections, which numb a small part of your body. You stay conscious but free from pain.
Regional anaesthesia: involves injections, which numb a larger or deeper part of the body. You stay conscious but free from pain.
General anaesthesia: gives a state of controlled unconsciousness. It is essential for some operations. You are unconscious and feel nothing.