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Lakes DHB Anaesthesia

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What is Anaesthesia?

You are given an anaesthetic when you have surgery so that you don’t feel pain during the operation. There are different types of anaesthesia and the type you receive will depend on the type of surgery you are having and how long it will take.

Your anaesthetic will be given to you by a specialist doctor called an anaesthetist.

Anaesthesia care falls into three parts: preoperative visit, care during surgery and postoperative care in the recovery room.

Preoperative Assessment Clinic

The preoperative assessment clinic is where patients are assessed prior to planned surgery. Preoperative assessment ensures that the patient is fit for surgery and that they have information they require in regards to surgery and discharge.

At the Preoperative Assessment Clinic we will:

  • Discuss and document your health history
  • Take your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturations, weight and height
  • May listen to your heart and lungs
  • Explain the process of care in the operating theatre and discuss possible anaesthetic and pain relief options
  • Discuss how you are going to manage when you get home
  • You may require an ECG (tracing of your heart), blood tests, swabs and urine samples

Care During Surgery

During the operation the anaesthetist's main roles are as follows:

  • to prevent pain 
  • to monitor oxygenation 
  • to monitor ventilation 
  • to monitor circulation 

Postoperative Care

When your operation is over, you will be taken to a special recovery area where your condition will be monitored as you wake up from the anaesthetic.


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New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded health care.

Non-residents may be required to pay for their health care.

Click here to read more about eligibility for funded care at Lakes DHB.

Procedures / Treatments

  • General Anaesthesia

    You are put into a state of unconsciousness either by the injection of an anaesthetic medication into a vein or by breathing in a mixture of gases.… More

  • Local Anaesthesia

    Following local anaesthesia, you are awake but the part of your body being operated on is numb.  Local anaesthesia is administered via an injection; it takes effect quickly and lasts a long time.  During the surgery you will be aware of touch and pressure, but not pain.  If this type… More

  • Complications from Anaesthesia

    Complications may include: the patient is allergic to the anaesthetic, the dose given may be too high, or the anaesthetic effect has taken effect faster than wanted.… More


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This page was last updated at 11:26AM on December 21, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB Anaesthesia.