Anaesthetic Options Explained

Anaesthetic options can be very confusing.  There are so many types available that the jargon can become overwhelming.

Essentially the types are divided into GENERAL and LOCAL (with or without SEDATION).

GENERAL, as the name implies, means you are completely “knocked out” and asleep.

LOCAL tumescent anaesthesia/ with or without SEDATION implies only the area to be treated is anesthetised (numbed) with/out the addition of a sedative to make you drowsy.

Dr Wolf very seldom does his procedures under GENERAL as we feel this is not necessary and also adds more risk factors.

Most patients tolerate LOCAL tumescent anaesthesia with or without SEDATION.  We will recommend what is most suited to your scenario.

SEDATION can come in the form of intravenous or oral (tablet form).

Who does the sedation?

We have consultant Anaesthetist that look after the sedation side of things.  They will be present during the whole procedure to keep you safe.

What are the risks or side effects of local tumescent anaesthesia?

During the infiltration process the local anaesthetic stings somewhat. The amount that we can use is body weight dependent.  If more than allowed is infiltrated this can result in Lignocaine toxicity.  We may thus split the procedure into two sessions  a few weeks apart to minimise the risk of this complication.

Are there any risk factors involved with GENERAL anaesthetic?

Any co-existing medical conditions need to be taken into consideration.  The risk factors rise when one or more other medical conditions co-exist.  Your doctor will discuss these with you.