Anaesthesiology is a medical specialisation dedicated to the prevention and relief of pain before, during and after an operation. It also covers patient resuscitation.
Our doctors in the Anaesthesiology Unit provide anaesthetic care for patients requiring scheduled or urgent surgical intervention, allowing patients to undergo operations in safety and comfort.
In the operating theatre, our anaesthetists have the benefit of the support of an anaesthetic nurse who assists with the anaesthetic management of patients undergoing surgery.
Anaesthesia may involve:
- A general anaesthetic: the patient is put to sleep for the duration of the operation using drugs administered intravenously and feels nothing at all. He or she is awakened once the surgery is finished.
- A loco-regional anaesthetic: Only part of the patient’s body is put to sleep using local anaesthetic drugs injected directly into the relevant nerve area. The patient remains awake but feels no pain during the surgery.
A pre-anaesthetic consultation always takes place before any anaesthetic. This allows the anaesthetist to assess the patient’s health and provide the most appropriate anaesthetic for the planned surgical intervention. A detailed explanation is given regarding the anaesthetic procedure as well as the possible risks and complications associated with this treatment.
After surgery, patients are usually transferred to the Recovery Room for a short time for monitoring purposes, and if necessary, to provide relief (post-operative pain or nausea etc.), before arranging for them to return to their rooms. Patients requiring extended post-operative monitoring may be transferred to Intensive Care.
Once back in their rooms, patients are generally visited by the anaesthetist again on the same day and/or the day after the operation to ensure that they are comfortable.
In addition to providing anaesthetic care for patients undergoing surgery in the operating theatre, the doctors in the Anaesthesiology Unit also provide:
- Anaesthetic care for patients admitted to give birth in the Maternity Ward (administering of epidurals).
- Anaesthetic care for patients requiring some form of endoscopic gastrointestinal (gastroscopy, colonoscopy etc.) or pulmonary (bronchoscopy) examination.
- Anaesthetic care for patients requiring painful radiological procedures (tube insertion, embolization, radio-frequency treatment).
- Resuscitation of patients in acute life-threatening distress (cardiac alarms).
- Treatment of patients in Intensive Care at night, on weekends or public holidays under the supervision of an intensive care specialist.
To ensure the above support at all times, the Anaesthesiology Unit provides an on-call service at the Clinic with an anaesthetist on call 24Hr/24.