If your procedure requires a general anaesthetic or sedation, this will be provided by a consultant anaesthetist with specialist training in anaesthesia for plastic surgery. Mr Harris works with a small team of dedicated consultant anaesthetists who cover both his private practice and NHS work. You will meet your anaesthetist on the day of your surgery and you will have an opportunity to discuss your anaesthetic at this time.
It is quite understandable to have concerns and anxieties regarding your anaesthetic. While minor side effects after anaesthesia such as sore throat and nausea are not uncommon, serious problems are extremely rare. Your anaesthetist is present with you throughout the whole of your anaesthetic and your vital signs are very closely monitored. The use of modern anaesthetic techniques such as total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA) and monitoring the depth of anaesthesia with bispectral index (BIS) have improved recovery and decreased post operative nausea to very low levels. Overall you can be reassured that anaesthesia delivered by a consultant anaesthetist in a well equipped modern hospital is very safe and well tolerated.
You may feel that you have a pre-existing medical condition that might affect your anaesthetic or make you feel that you are at a higher risk. This should be mentioned early in your consultation with Mr Harris and any relevant pre-operative investigations will be organised. If you would like to discuss your anaesthetic in advance of your surgery with one of our consultant anaesthetists, this can be arranged through Mr Harris’s office.
In line with Government and Public Health England advice on the ‘stay alert’ policy and ‘social distancing’ that continues to be in place, Mr Harris has limited capacity for all out-patient clinics until the end of October. However, we are currently open and have restarted surgery with new precautions in place to ensure patient safety from COVID-19.