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How do you feel about having an anaesthetic?

Worried, relaxed, curious?

We asked some patients to describe their experiences before and after their anaesthetic at UCL Hospitals. They agreed to being filmed so that others could benefit.

Some people (patients 1-8 below) had a general anaesthetic, where they were completely asleep. For others a regional/local anaesthetic (patients 9-11 lower down the page) which  involved numbing the part of their body to be operated on was more appropriate.

Thank you to the patients, Cameron Egan, Kevin Yip and Dr Kathy Satkurunath for putting this together.

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Patient 1

“..that was the main thing worrying me, being knocked out………..”

Patient 2  

“…although I work in the (University College London Hospital) trust and I see these things happening every day….it was the first one I’d ever had…. in all my years of nursing…"

Patient 3

“……a nice little sleep……..I was a bit disorientated……”

Patient 4

“…makes you feel nice and relaxed…it makes a difference, the anaesthetist…in the past it used to make me feel a little bit sick…..”

Patient 5

“…..it was actually quite a pleasant experience…”

Patient 6

“….my teeth always seem to come up…sore throat….a bit dizzy…”

Patient 7

“….there had been a few issues....it was a bit problematic finding the veins in my hand……..I was dreaming…….”

Patient 8

“….I was really astonished to wake up from my little snooze…”

Patient 9: Regional/local anaesthetic

'....the sedation worked wonders.....had a good laugh and a good joke...' 

Patient 10: Regional/local anaesthetic

“….the nerve block was an interesting experience….I went under for a little while…..I felt nauseous at the beginning…”

Patient 11: Regional/local anaesthetic

“…..he told me that I have 2 options…..I didn’t want to be conscious of everything….the downside is me not being in control of my body…”