Should your child come to visit us for a surgery or an investigation then they may be given a general anaesthetic. General anaesthesia is a state of controlled unconsciousness and freedom from pain.
Anaesthetics are only given by Anaesthetists. Here at the Portland Hospital we have a team of dedicated consultant paediatric anaesthetists. They specialise in looking after children before, during and after surgery. The anaesthetist works closely with the surgeon to provide a safe surgical experience for your child.
Modern anaesthesia is very safe and complications are rare. Most children recover quickly and are back to normal soon after an anaesthetic.
While your child is asleep, pain relief is given to help make them as comfortable as possible after surgery. The type and strength of pain relief given depends on the procedure and this will be discussed with you beforehand.
Most children recover quickly after anaesthesia; however some children do suffer side effects. These can include headache, sore throat and dizziness. Some children may feel sick and/or vomit. Sleep disturbance after anaesthetics may also occur. These effects usually last only a short time. Other complications may occur depending on your child's medical condition and the type of operation they have had. If there are risk factors specific to your child these will be discussed with you beforehand.
If your child is coming in for a day case a day case operation or investigation under general anaesthetic we strongly recommend that you read our patient information booklet on your child's operation which can be downloaded here as it gives you very important information on how to prepare your child prior to coming to visit us, what to do on the day of surgery and what to expect when you come to hospital.
For a hardcopy of this booklet please contact our Pain Management Clinical Nurse Specialist on 020 7360 9736.
Other information on anaesthesia can be found here: http://www.rcoa.ac.uk/patients-and-relatives .