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Auckland DHB Anaesthesia

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Anaesthesia is essential for all surgery. 

Our job is to facilitate pain-free surgery and to ensure the safety of the patient before, during and after the surgery.

We will always tailor and deliver the safest anaesthetic for you. 

Often, a number of choices of anaesthetic techniques will be equally safe and effective for the surgery you are about to have.  We will discuss the options with you and value your input into the final decision on the actual anaesthetic you receive.

The more informed you are and the more you input into the details of the anaesthetic, the more comfortable you will be.  We will always be there to support your decision and guide you towards the safest and most comfortable anaesthetic experience.

Below you will find a list of different anaesthesia techniques and some short explanations of how they work, when they might be appropriate and potential risks. These are broad descriptions only. The decision regarding appropriate anaesthesia modality(ies) for your specific surgery is always made on a case-by-case basis.

This page was last updated at 9:54AM on November 24, 2021.