Question to ask

These are questions for you to ask your anaesthetist before your operation, although you may not want to use them all.

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Choice of anaesthetic

  • Do I have a choice about the type of anaesthetic I will have ?
  • Do I have to have a general anaesthetic, or can I have the procedure done under a local anaesthetic or a regional anaesthetic ?
  • What are the risks and complications with each type of anaesthetic that I can have for this procedure ?
    • local
    • regional
    • general
  • What can I do to prevent or minimise these risks and complications ?
  • Does my condition make me more likely to suffer any complications from the anaesthetic ?
    • local
    • regional
    • general

Before the anaesthetic

  • Do I have to have any tests ?
  • Do I need a sedative
    • the night before the operation ?
    • the day of the operation ?
  • What should I do about my medication ?
    • are there any I should not take ?
    • when should I take them ?
  • When should I stop:
    • eating solid food ?
    • drinking clear liquids ?
  • Can I leave
    • my dentures / bridge work in ?
    • my hearing aid in ?
    • my glasses on ?
    • my underwear on ?
  • Can my family come with me to the Operating Room ?

In the operating room

  • What will I see, hear and feel in the Operating Room ?
  • Who will be looking after me ?
  • If I have a regional anaesthetic, then can I have sedative drugs during the operation ?
  • If I have a regional anaesthetic, do I have to have sedative drugs during the operation ?
  • How long will I be there ?

 

In the recovery room

  • What will I see, hear and feel in the Recovery Room ?
  • Will I be sick ?
    • How can this be treated ?
  • Will I be in pain ?
    • How can this be treated ?
  • How long will I be there ?
  • Can my family see me ?

On the ward

  • How will I feel when I get back to the ward ?
  • Will I be sick ?
    • How can this be treated ?
  • Will I be in pain ?
    • How can this be treated ?
  • When can I have something
    • to eat ?
    • to drink ?

At home

  • When can I go home ?
  • Will I need to take any tablets or other medications after the anaesthetic ?
    • If yes, then will these medications have any side effects ?
    • What can I do to avoid or minimise these ?
  • Will I have any limitations to what I can do after my anaesthetic ?
  • When can I go back to work or to school ?

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