Questions & Answers The Surgical Experience About Anaesthesia 

I'm having a general anaesthetic. How will it be administered?

Your anaesthetist will insert a needle (also called an intravenous cannula) into your hand or arm before your procedure. You will then be given your anaesthetic and pain medication through this cannula. It may sting a bit when the needle is inserted, but only for a moment. Your anaesthetist is an expert in placing cannulas quickly and with as little discomfort as possible.

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I hate needles. Are there any alternatives?

After certain operations such as facelift with neck lift, chin augmentation or buccal fat reduction, you will be advised to avoid all food that needs chewing for the If you dislike needles, please talk to your team. They can use a local anaesthetic cream to reduce the sensation of having the needle placed in your hand or arm. Your anaesthetist may also be able to start your anaesthesia without an injection by using an inhaled anaesthetic agent that you breathe through a facemask. In most cases, however, your anaesthetist will prefer a cannula in case you require additional medications as your anaesthesia takes effect.

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Will I have a drip?

During most general anaesthetics you will be attached to a bag of fluid containing a balanced salt solution designed to replace the body fluids lost during the time you were not allowed to drink and during your procedure. After your surgery more of this balanced solution will often be infused through your cannula whilst you rest.

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Will I wake up in the middle of the operation?

This is a very rare event and not usually a problem with this type of surgery.

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What kind of monitors are used to keep an eye on me during my operation?

Specialized monitors provide continuous observation of your heart, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and breathing. Some patients may requite additional monitoring depending on the type of surgery and their health. The most valuable monitoring in theater, however, is the close attention the anaesthetist and surgeon pay to your condition throughout the procedure.

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