The anaesthetist is responsible for pre-medication before the surgery, your anaesthesia and wellbeing during surgery, and your post-operative pain relief.
Ask your surgeon if you can meet with the anaesthetist before the day of the procedure. This way you won’t be hurried or stressed, and can be involved in the planning.
The anaesthetist may offer you medication before the surgery. This could be to prevent nausea, reduce stomach acid or help you relax. If you think you’ll be feeling anxious, ask if you can have something to relax you.
For weight loss surgery, general anaesthetic is normally used.
That means you’ll be unconscious for your procedure and have a tube inserted into your throat to help you breathe. You may wake up with a sore throat from the tube. General anaesthetics can cause post-operative nausea and vomiting. You may also have local anaesthetic for pain relief after surgery.
Having a high BMI increases the risks associated with general anaesthesia.
Pain relief after surgery
After surgery, you’ll be given pain relief. By enabling you to move and breathe without too much discomfort, good pain relief can help reduce your risk of complications.
Patient controlled analgesia is often used in the first day or so. This is an opiate drug delivered through a cannula into a vein. You can control the amount of pain relief you receive by pressing a button.
After that you may have injections, pills, tablets or liquids at regular times, or when pain starts to bother you.
Print this page to take when you meet with your surgeon and anaesthetist, so you can make sure all your questions are answered.