Local anaesthetics are targeted only to specific parts of the body, you are conscious during the operation. However, you will not feel any pain in the body part involved. The operation site will be screened so you will not be able to see anything.
Premedication is a drug or mix of drugs given to patients before administering anaesthetics. Premeds are given for different reasons. Some prepare the patient’s body for the anaesthetics to be given while others may help the patient relax. If there is no need for a premedication, none will be given to you.
Surgeons and anaesthetists work together to ensure that your operation runs smoothly. Normally. prior to your operation, the surgeon will inform you as too who your anaesthetist will be, so that s/he can answer your questions.
If you have a scheduled operation, it is better to prepare yourself days before to avoid any problems that may occur. The following are some of the things that you can do:
- If you are overweight, try to reduce weight before the operation to minimize the risks associated with the procedure.
- If you smoke, try to cut down or totally stop, to avoid having breathing problems during and after the operation.
- Normally, at least 6 hours before your operation, you should not take anything by mouth. Including gum, water, etc. This ensures that your stomach is empty when the anaesthetics are administered. If your stomach is full, the liquid or the food can regurgitate and damage your lungs.
- If you have medication that you take regularly, seek advice regarding the intake of these medicines prior to your operation.
- If you are not feeling well before your operation, inform your surgeon immediately to check your condition.