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What is anaesthesia?

The word anaesthesia means ‘loss of sensation’. It can involve a simple local anaesthetic injection which numbs a small part of the body, such as a finger or around a tooth. It can also involve using powerful drugs which cause unconsciousness.

These drugs also affect the function of the heart, the lungs and the circulation. As a result, general anaesthesia is only given under the close supervision of an anaesthetist, who is trained to consider the best way to give you an effective anaesthetic but also to keep you safe and well.

The drugs used in anaesthesia work by blocking the signals that pass along your nerves to your brain. When the drugs wear off, you start to feel normal sensation again1.

Please use the links below for further information on anaesthesia:

http://www.rcoa.ac.uk/patientinfohttp://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anaesthesia/pages/introduction.aspx

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Reference:

  1. NHS Choiceshttp://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anaesthesia/pages/introduction.aspx(accessed on 20.09.16)