Anaesthesia explained

5th edition, November 2015

Please note: this is an online resource only and is 45 pages long

If you want to print similar patient information, you may find it easier to print the leaflet You and your anaesthetic.

This leaflet is usually the best place to start as it explains in detail what will happen from the beginning to end of your anaesthetic. It is for adults or carers to read and has many photographs to help show you what to expect. It takes you through what an anaesthetic is and:

  • explains the different types of anaesthetics that may be on offer
  • makes suggestions about what you can do to prepare for your anaesthetic and also your recovery
  • shows you what will happen when you have your anaesthetic, and
  • it also suggests how and where you can find out more information.
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