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Anaesthetic FAQs

What is anaesthesia?
(“a·nuhs·thee·zee·uh”)

General anaesthesia (from Greek “without sensation”) is a reversible state of controlled, temporary loss of sensation or awareness which cannot be interrupted by stimulation.

By Dr Paul Williams and Dr Andrea Santoro


What is an anaesthetist?

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What are the risks involved?

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What if I am allergic to the anaesthetic?

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What about…

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Can I take a sleeping pill the night before surgery if I am nervous? Or have a sedative on the day?

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What if I am sick on the day of surgery?

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Will I dream while under anaesthetic?

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Is there a chance I could remember things from when I should have been ‘under’?

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How long will it take for me to wake up after surgery?

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Will I experience nausea/vomiting when I wake up?

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Am I likely to be confused when I wake up?

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Will I have a sore throat after anaesthesia?

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Can I drive home?

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Do I need to have someone at home with me?

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What are the chances of me not waking after anaesthesia OR dying under anaesthesia?

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What if my child is scheduled to have surgery and is unwell?

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How do you put children to sleep?

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What if someone in my family has had Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) or a life-threatening reaction to anaesthetic?

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