Anaesthesia and You
There is no safer place in the world to have an anaesthetic than in Australia. People often think of anaesthesia as being ‘put to sleep’. However, that’s not strictly true. Usually, the anaesthetist puts you into a state of carefully controlled unconsciousness. This is done so that you will be unaware, and not feel pain. No chance is taken during this period. Your major bodily functions are carefully and constantly monitored by your anaesthetist. This is ‘general anaesthesia’.
Other types of anaesthesia may also be used. These are described in this pamphlet.
After your operation, we want you to experience as little pain and discomfort as possible and here again, the anaesthetist will help.
We hope this pamphlet will ease your mind. Please read it carefully – we want you to be well informed. Your anaesthetist will be happy to answer any questions you have about the anaesthetic before your operation.
Anaesthetists. "Caring for your life while you can’t."
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