Your anaesthetic

Here at Gateshead, we understand how nerve wracking it can be going into hospital for surgery.

It’s normal to feel anxious about your anaesthetic, but we think our highly qualified team will be able to soothe your fears at your pre assessment appointment and on the day.

Anaesthetic means ‘loss of sensation’. Anaesthetics drugs are used for pain relief during tests or surgical operations so that you do not feel any pain. You will have the opportunity to discuss your own anaesthesia with your anaesthetist who will also be able to answer any questions that you have.

You’ll find some more information below on the different types of anaesthetics that are administered for different procedures. You can also download a more in depth document at the bottom of this page.

General anaesthetic General anaesthetic is used for operations where you need or want to be unconscious. The anaesthetic stops your brain recognising any signals from your nerves, so you cannot feel anything. 
Sedation Sedation is for painful or unpleasant procedures that are otherwise minor. Sedation makes you feel sleepy and relaxes you both physically and mentally.
Local anaesthetic Local anaesthetic is used for minor procedures and tests to numb the nerves in the area where the procedure is taking place. You will be conscious during the procedure but you do not feel any pain.
Regional anaesthetic Regional anaesthetic is used for larger or deeper operations where the nerves are harder to reach. Regional anaesthetic is injected near the nerves in order to numb a larger area, but you remain conscious.
Spinal anaesthesia Spinal anaesthesia is a regional anaesthetic that is used to numb your spinal nerves so that surgery can be carried out the lower part of your body.
Epidural anaesthetic Epidural anaesthetic is a regional anaesthetic used to numb the lower half of your body, which is for example often used for childbirth or for post operative pain relief.

Anaesthetics at Gateshead

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