Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS ANAESTHESIA?

WHO ARE ANAESTHETISTS?

WHAT TRAINING DO ANAESTHETISTS UNDERGO? 

WILL I SEE MY ANAESTHETIST?

The anaesthetist will need to talk with the patient before surgery.  Traditionally this used to occur in hospital the night before the operation.  Now most patients arrive in hospital on the morning of surgery, often shortly before the scheduled time of the operation.  The anaesthetist needs to ensure that the patient is fit for the surgery, plan the type of anaesthetic, and organise pain relief for after the operation.

Important information to tell your anaesthetist include

1. Previous operations and whether there were any problems with anaesthesia. 

2. Any serious complications experienced by family (blood relatives) during anaesthesia. 

3. Abnormal reactions to medications and any allergies. 

4. Medical problems or any recent illnesses. Especially of interest is heart disease and breathing problems. 

5. List any medications that you are taking. Bring all your prescribed medications into hospital. 

6. If you suffer from acid reflux or heartburn. 

7. If you have had a Laparoscopic Gastric Band (Lap Band) or other weight loss surgery. 

8. Loose teeth, capped teeth, dentures, veneers or bonding. 

9. Any other concerns. 

Advance Anaesthesia has a system where patients can be seen preoperatively in our rooms at Fetherstone Rd Bankstown. This is usually for the more complicated operations, but also for patients with significant medical conditions or who have particular concerns about the operation or anaesthetic.  This appointment is coordinated between the surgeon and anaesthetist involved.  Our staff will arrange an appointment for the patient at a time before the operation.

DOES THE ANAESTHETIST STAY WITH ME ALL THE TIME?

WHY CAN’T I EAT AND DRINK BEFORE MY SURGERY?

DO I TAKE MY NORMAL MEDICATIONS?

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF ANAESTHESIA?