Your procedure will be performed under local anaesthetic
To ensure the minimum amount of discomfort during your procedure, your surgeon may administer local anaesthetic.
Local anaesthesia stops you feeling pain without putting you to sleep. It blocks the way nerves carry pain signals to your brain. Depending on the drug used, the numbing effect can last from about two to eight hours.
Pre and Post-treatment Advice
As this is an outpatient procedure, items such as a dressing gown are not needed.
For post-operative discomfort as the local anaesthesia wears off, patients may take Panadol or Solpadine.
Ladies are requested not to wear make-up if facial surgery is being carried out.
Local Anaesthetic FAQ's
After a Local Anaesthetic
You will be able to go home shortly after the procedure. Take care not to injure the area which has been numbed, as you may not be able to feel the damage.
Deciding To Have Local Anaesthesia
Local anaesthesia is commonly administered and is generally safe. In many cases there are clear advantages over general anaesthesia, such as speed of recovery and lower risk of complications. However, in order to make an informed decision and give your consent, you need to be aware of the possible side-effects and the risk of complications.
Common Side Effects
While most people are not affected by local anaesthetic, complications do occur in a small percentage of patients during or after the procedure. Side effects include temporary drops in blood pressure, causing weakness or fainting. You may experience temporary loss of muscle control in the treated area. Sometimes the skin over the numb area may temporarily turn very pale. Nausea, headache or dizziness may also occur for a short while.
As with any procedure involving anaesthesia, there is a very small risk of an unexpected reaction. Side effects are unwanted but mostly temporary effects of successful treatment.