Patients scheduled for an operation would naturally be anxious and concerned about the success of the operation, their recovery and any post-operative pain they might experience. Here in our clinic, we believe strongly that allowing our patients to understand the anaesthesia process, the risks and benefits of the various anaesthesia techniques will help allay any fears and empower them to make informed decisions.
- Performing detailed medical assessment and optimising medical conditions that may affect overall outcome. In some instances, investigations like blood tests, ECG, X rays may be required, depending on the patient's pre-existing medical status and the complexity of the surgical procedure they are undergoing.
- After understanding our patient's medical status, we then discuss regarding the kind of anaesthesia techniques which are suitable. These techniques can include General Anaesthesia, Regional Anaesthesia, Monitored Anaesthesia Care and sometimes a combination of two techniques.
- In surgical cases where significant post-operative pain is anticipated, we will also discuss with the patient regarding the various analgesia options available. This can range from oral, intravenous and patient controlled analgesia, to regional nerve block and catheters (dependent on operative site).
- Education on preoperative preparation (i.e. fasting times and medications to continue or omit).