Mr Bhat’s Anaesthetic service is provided by a group of anaesthetists from the Surrey and Sussex Anaesthetic consortium www.sasanaesthetists.co.uk. My regular Anaesthetists are Dr Claire Mearns and Dr Frederick Sage. Both of them are experts at regional anaesthesia. Anaesthesia is an integral part of any operative procedure. When you have been scheduled for an operation you will be medically assessed and examined by the anaesthetist and the most suitable anaesthetic technique explained.
The operation may involve a general anaesthetic, local anaesthetic or a combination of both.
For a general anaesthetic, you will be given clear instructions before you come into the hospital about eating and drinking and what to do about your tablets if you are on any treatment. The anaesthetist will then see and medically assess you and tell you exactly what is going to happen, what to expect and what we are going to do to make sure you are as pain-free as possible after surgery.
Once you are in the theatre suite the anaesthetist will be with you from the time you come in through the doors to the time when you wake up.
During the operation, you will be anaesthetised using the most up to date anaesthetic techniques, agents, and equipment. Because of the close association between the anaesthetist and the surgical team, your anaesthesia and pain relief will be tailored to ensure a rapid recovery from the anaesthetic and for some procedures, this will frequently enable you to go home the same day.
Local (Regional) anaesthesia
It is possible by exact placement of special needles to anaesthetise with local anaesthetic just the nerves supplying various areas of the arm. Whether this method is used either with or without a general anaesthetic depends on various factors, which will be discussed with you. We encourage patients to have Regional anaesthesia, as the benefits are significant and risks are fewer than a general.
Final Important point
If you have been seen in the clinic and scheduled for surgery and are worried by any aspects of the anaesthesia, no matter how unusual, you can always talk directly to the anaesthetist by contacting the Anaesthetic secretaries (Private-01293781266 NHS: 01737768511 Ext 6046). If you give them the date of the operation and location, they will usually be able to get you in touch with your anaesthetist.