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What are anaesthetics?
Anaesthesia means the “loss of sensation”, stopping the feeling of pain or other sensations in a certain part of the body.
A consultant anaesthetist provides pain relief, manages resuscitation problems, supports and manages life functions whilst the patient is unconscious as well as the more known function of administering anaesthetic for desensitising and rendering patients unconscious before a surgery. There are different types of anaesthetics and not all leave you unconscious:
- Local anaesthesia - when a specific area of your body is anaesthetised whilst you remain conscious (awake)
- General anaesthesia - when you are made fully unconscious (asleep) before a surgical procedure. General anaesthetics are administered by consultant or specialist anaesthetists in the operating theatre suite. Your vital signs (for example; breathing, heart rate, blood pressure) are carefully monitored during the operation and afterwards in the recovery area.
How can an anaesthetist help?
The anaesthetist will be assessing your fitness for receiving the anaesthetic for the procedure and discuss with you which type of anaesthetic is best for you. The consultant will also administer the anaesthetic and manage the pain control after the procedure, looking after you immediately after the operation and your stay in the intensive care unit if required.
How can BMI Healthcare help?
Our consultant anaesthetists will advise and manage the right anaesthetic for you. At BMI Healthcare you have the following anaesthetic and pain relief options:
Paying for your procedure
Anaesthetic costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own procedure the cost will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the procedure. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.