Anaesthesia in a nutshell

sedationDeep Conscious Sedation

This is a temporary state of unawareness during which you will experience no pain. A Specialist Anaesthesiologist, who is present throughout your procedure, will place a plastic cannula into one of your veins in your hand or arm through which various medicines will be administered in order to achieve and maintain a state of unawareness.

In most cases patients breath spontaneously and receive supplemental oxygen via nasal prongs which sit at the opening of the nose. Occasionally it may be necessary for the Anaesthesiologist to insert an airway device in order to assist your breathing.

Additionally Dr. Geldenhuys will administer local anaesthetic during the procedure. This reduces any possible pain stimulus intra-operatively and minimises post surgical discomfort.

You are continuously monitored by means of a pulse monitor (clip on your finger), a blood pressure cuff (on your arm) and ECG (three small sticky patches attached to your chest). These are closely monitored by your Anaesthesiologist throughout.

Things you need to be aware of before your procedure:

  • You may not consume any solid food 6 hours before your procedure, clear fluids however can be taken up to 4 hours before.
  • Your Anaesthesiologist will see you prior to your surgery, once you have been admitted to the ward.
  • Please ensure that you to tell your Anaesthesiologist about any medicines you are taking, if you have any allergies or medical conditions.

Things you need to be aware of after your procedure:

  • You will be allowed to go home once your doctor is satisfied with your recovery, but will not be able to drive yourself.
  • Do not drive, operate machinery, sign legal documents or drink alcohol for 24 hours after the operation.
  • Half an hour after the procedure you will be able to eat and drink.
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