Many of our patients are children who require anaesthesia for various procedures. Usually the children for surgery are prepared with some numbing cream on their hands to minimize discomfort at the start of the anaesthetic. Often these children are put to sleep (in the presence of their parents) by a small injection in the hand. Less frequently a face mask may be used to deliver some gas instead of the needle at the start.
A little distraction and the comfort of a calm, supportive family member is invaluable at this stage. Once your child is asleep you will need to leave the area and wait until called after surgery.
Your child will awaken in the 'Recovery Room". This is an area close to the operating theatre where pain relief, vital sign and surgical observations take place. You will be called to be with your child when they regain consciousness.
The child will then be transferred with you to another ward before discharge.
Like all medical procedures there are potential risks. The frequent complications are relatively minor and short lived.