Introduction to Orthopaedic Anaesthesia

The word 'Anaesthesia' originally meant the absence of feeling - or simply numbness. In modern medicine, the term now describes a medical field specialising in:

  • Facilliting surgery by putting patients to sleep or making areas of their body numb, then close monitoring during operations
  • Pain relief
  • Resuscitation and support of critically ill patients.

The anaesthetist or surgeon will discuss with you which type of anaesthesia will be used which will depend on the type of operation and your state of health.

There are also risks associated with different types of anaesthetic techniques used, and the surgeon will discuss this with you

It is important to inform your surgeon or anaesthetist any medical conditions you have, any medications you are on, as well as allergies before the operation.


4 August, 2012