Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS ANAESTHESIA?

Anaesthesia is that branch of medicine that is dedicated to total care of a patient undergoing surgery and the relief of pain. Total care includes preparing you for surgery, being responsible for pain relief in the early recovery phase as well as treating complications that may result from the anaesthetic.

Anaesthesia has been a leader in ensuring that surgery is safe.

Before your operation you will meet an important specialist physician. A vital member of the surgical team, the anaesthetist is responsible for keeping you safe and comfortable during and after your operation. 

Anaesthetists give more intravenous drugs than all other types of physicians combined. Anaesthetists are the only physicians with expert knowledge of the extremely potent drugs during your surgery to ensure 'sleep' (when needed - see regional anaesthesia) and absence of pain. 

Anaesthetists are familiar with all medical conditions and their implications for patients undergoing a wide range of surgeries. They have experience in giving an anaesthetic for all surgical procedures. They provide care to all ages - from premature babies to grand-grandmothers. 

WHO ARE ANAESTHETISTS?

WHAT TRAINING DO ANAESTHETISTS UNDERGO? 

WILL I SEE MY ANAESTHETIST?

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?