When it is the right time for your surgery you may walk with a Nurse to the anaesthetic room. If you are unable to walk you will be taken in a chair or on a bed.
The anaesthetic room is next to the operating theatre. Several people will be there, including your Anaesthetist and an Anaesthetic Practitioner. Equipment will measure your:
Drugs and fluids can be given through this cannula
If needles worry you, please tell your A needle cannot usually be avoided, but there are things he or she can do to help. Finally, the type of anaesthetic chosen will be given.
The choice of anaesthetic depends on:
The Anaesthetist will meet you before you operation and will discuss which types of anaesthetic can be used. If you are having a local or regional anaesthetic you can decide whether you want to:
The majority of patients have their hip replacement surgery under this technique because it reduces the risk of blood clots and you are less likely to need a blood transfusion. You are also much less likely to fell nauseous or vomit with spinal anaesthesia. Urinary incontinence can be associated with spinal anesthesia, sometimes lasting longer than the sensory effect of the spinal medicine.
A general anaesthetic gives a state of controlled unconsciousness during which you feel nothing. You receive:
After your operation you will be taken to the Recovery room where you will be watched closely by your nurse to make sure your breathing and heart functions are stable and you are comfortable.
The anaesthetist will have discussed with you the risks and benefits associated with the different anaesthetic options.
A regular anti sickness drug is given to you whilst you are taking strong analgesic medication during your stay in hospital.
The amount of discomfort you have will be monitored regularly using a scale of 0 (no pain) – 10 (severe pain)