There is no safer place in the world to have an anaesthetic than in Australia. The following information is provided to ease your mind and answer some common questions. Dr Moss can reassure you that in all operations he works only with fully qualified and experienced anaesthetists which are medical specialists, being among the world’s most highly trained doctors. An anaesthetist has specialised in anaesthesia, pain control and managing medical emergencies.
Your Questions Answered
Your anaesthetist will visit you before your operation to take a history and medical examination. We urge you to ask any questions you have and your anaesthetist will be happy to answer them and discuss the best way to work with you for your best possible outcome.
Patients quite rightly ask about risks from anaesthesia. Although there are a number of risks and unpleasant temporary side effects from anaesthesia, serious complications are very rare. Modern anaesthetics allow for you to “wake up” more gently and rapidly, plus minimise the side effects commonly experienced in the past. Particular care is taken to reduce nausea, vomiting and any discomfort as this aids a complication-free recovery from your surgery.
Recent studies indicate that general anaesthesia is best performed in an accredited surgical facility or hospital such as The Avenue Hospital. General anaesthesia is particularly suited to more complex or longer operations and may provide a greater margin of safety than “twilight” anaesthesia because the anaesthetic dose is more precise and vital factors such as the airway are optimally controlled. During general anaesthesia the patient is comfortably asleep, allowing Dr Moss to focus his full attention on your procedure without distractions such as unwanted patient movement.
Smaller procedures may be best performed under local anaesthetic with or without sedation, and your anaesthetist will discuss what is most appropriate with you. For all procedures, your specialist anaesthetist is in attendance throughout and remains there until emergence from your anaesthetic is completed.
The requirements of anaesthesia can be achieved at lower doses of anaesthetic for plastic surgery when compared with more invasive forms of surgery. This means reduced side effects and earlier discharge from hospital. While discharge may be on the same day as surgery, usually about 2 to 4 hours after your anaesthetic, the option of staying in hospital overnight or for longer periods is provided to all of our patients.
Smaller procedures can be done under local anaesthesia. Sometimes this is used by itself, with no other medications so the patient is awake during surgery. Although the patient may still feel touch, pressure and tugging, they should not feel any pain. It can also be used with sedation to relax the patient during surgery. Local anaesthesia avoids some of the risks and side effects of general anaesthesia but is not suitable for all surgery.
For further information, please visit The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists