Our aims for your anaesthetic care are to ensure your safety and comfort both during surgery and post-operatively on the ward.
Your individual anaesthetic plan will be discussed with you at the time of the Consultant Anaesthetist’s pre-operative visit following your admission and will take into account any medical conditions you may have, the exact type of surgery that is planned together with any other concerns.
Most patients undergoing joint replacement have surgery under a spinal anaesthetic. This is a single injection at the base of the back that numbs the lower half of the body during surgery. Spinal anaesthesia reduces the risks of deep vein thrombosis as well as reducing bleeding during surgery, hence making the requirement for blood transfusion uncommon . The patient can choose whether to be conscious or unconscious during surgery.
Modern anaesthetic techniques, such as spinal anaesthesia, aim to reduce the risks associated with hip surgery as well as providing excellent pain relief immediately post-operatively.
Patients are often anxious about severe pain after surgery. Fortunately this is uncommon with modern analgesic techniques using combinations of different groups of painkillers. Most of our patients feel comfortable enough to start moving and commencing their physiotherapy within 24 hours of surgery.
If you would like to find out more about anaesthesia for hip and knee surgery, further information is available at the patient section of the Royal College of Anaesthetists GBI website.