DR SCAMP LIKES HIS PATIENTS TO HAVE OPTIMAL COMFORT WHEN HAVING SURGERY. THEREFORE, HE PREFERS TO USE GENERAL ANAESTHETIC FOR MOST LARGER PROCEDURES; SEDATION AND LOCAL ANAESTHESIA MAY BE AN OPTION FOR YOUR PROCEDURE.
An Anaesthetist is a highly trained specialist who after graduation as a doctor spends at least six more years training in anaesthesia, pain control and the management of medical emergencies.
Your Anaesthetist will assess you before the operation, select the most appropriate anaesthetic for you and monitor you throughout the surgery. He is also in charge of pain relief.
YOUR ROLE BEFORE SURGERY
There are some things you can do to make your surgery safer:
- Get fitter – regular walks will do wonders
- DO NOT SMOKE – ideally for at least six weeks prior to surgery. Patients are at a higher risk if they are smokers. Smoking can also cause wound breakdown
- Drink less alcohol
- Tell your surgeon and Anaesthetist of any drugs you may be taking
- Do not take any aspirin or aspirin based drugs two weeks prior to surgery
- Tell your surgeon if you have any cold or flu
- Ask your Anaesthetist if you have any more questions or you are anxious about anaesthetics.
YOUR ROLE AFTER SURGERY
When you wake up you will feel drowsy. You may have a sore throat, you may feel sick or have a headache. You may also feel dizziness, blurred vision or short-term memory loss. This should all pass soon.
If you are having day surgery, make sure someone accompanies you home and stays with you for the first night. Do not drive or use dangerous equipment, drink alcohol or sign any documents for at least 24 hours.
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING SIX HOURS PRIOR TO SURGERY
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact the Southport Anaesthetist Group on 07 5532 3667. The staff will be able to assist you further.