Melbourne Anaesthetic Group



Your anaesthetist will consider several factors when planning your anaesthesia including:

  • Past experience with surgery
  • Health and physical condition
  • Reactions or allergies to medicines
  • Risks of each type of anaesthesia
  • Preferences of your surgical team
  • Your preferences

Anaesthesia can be performed in four ways

General Anaesthesia

1. General Anaesthesia

You are put into a state of carefully controlled unconsciousness during the operation by giving you drugs either by inhalation or into a vein.

Your anaesthetist will carefully monitor and manage your vital signs throughout the procedure.

Regional Anaesthesia

2. Sedation

Conscious sedation or “twilight sleep” is a form of anaesthesia where you will be given medications to make you drowsy & comfortable so that a specialist can perform a procedure.

This technique is commonly used for eye surgery, minor plastic surgery & endoscopy procedures.

It is often used in conjunction with local or regional anaesthetic techniques.

Regional Anaesthesia

3. Regional Anaesthesia

Numbs the part of the body undergoing surgery by injecting a local anaesthetic drug near nerves (e.g an arm block will numb your arm).

Eye blocks, spinal and epidural anaesthesia are types of regional anaesthesia.

Local Anaesthesia

4. Local Anaesthesia

The application of local anaesthetic at the site of the operation to make the operation site numb. This technique tends to be used for minor surgical procedures.


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