Your BAS anaesthetist wants you to feel at ease in the lead-up to your procedure. We provide information to help you understand what will happen before, during and after your procedure. You can find out about the different types of anaesthesia, what an anaesthetist does and important things you need to know before your procedure. We also provide information about our fees and how you can pay your bill.

You can find more information for patients on the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) website.

Types of anaesthesia

Anaesthesia, literally meaning without sense, is the process of making patients unaware of sensation during a medical procedure or surgical operation. There are several ways that anaesthesia can be performed and sometimes more than one technique may be used together. The main types of anaesthesia include: General anaesthesia Neuraxial anaesthesia (spinal and/or epidural) Regional anaesthesia...

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What is an anaesthetist?

Anaesthetists are specialist medical doctors who work to make surgical operations and other medical procedures as safe, comfortable and pain-free as possible. All anaesthetists in Australia must have performed further specialist training after finishing medical training at university and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All BAS Anaesthetists are Fellows of...

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Risks of anaesthesia

Modern anaesthesia is extremely safe. Serious risks are very rare and more common side effects are relatively mild. Advances in equipment, monitoring and medications, as well as the standard Australian practice of having an anaesthetist present throughout the anaesthetic all contribute to a high level of safety. There are some risks specific to certain types...

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Pre-operative information

To minimise risks and plan the most suitable anaesthetic for you, your anaesthetist needs to know about your health and level of fitness. For example, do you get short of breath doing normal activities such as gentle walking, showering, or going up a flight of stairs? They will also need to establish any relevant medical...

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After your procedure

Immediately following your procedure specialist nurses will monitor you closely in the recovery area. They will communicate any issues to your anaesthetist, if they occur, and provide treatment under the supervision of your anaesthetist. If you are uncomfortable, more pain medication can be administered. Occasionally medication to treat nausea, adjust blood pressure or heart rate...

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FAQs

Our anaesthetists aim to put your mind at ease in the lead-up to your operation or procedure. Please read our FAQs, but if you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us, our staff will be happy to speak with you. People under a general anaesthetic no longer have reflexes that protect the...

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Fees

Our anaesthetists work as independent medical specialists. Therefore the fee for your anaesthetic is separate from the surgeon and hospital fees. Each anaesthetist in our group sets their own fees and you will receive an estimate of the fee before the procedure (if time allows). This estimate is a guide only, as the actual fee...

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