Local Anaesthetic

Local Anaesthetic Explained by Dr. Jamil Al Jamali

Local anaesthetic is a medication that, when injected into a specific area of the body, results in loss of feeling. This loss of feeling is achieved by stopping the nerve functionality in the area, ensuring you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

What Does It Feel Like?

While under the effects of local anaesthetic, you will be awake and may feel pressure or movement, but not pain. The anaesthetic works quickly, numbing the area within minutes, with the consultant ensuring total numbness before beginning any procedure.

Duration of Effect

The effect of local anaesthetic wears off in a few hours. During this time, it’s crucial to avoid damaging the affected area. If pain is expected as the anaesthetic wears off, you may be provided with additional pain medication.

Possible Complications

Like any other medication, local anaesthetic can cause side effects, though these differ from person to person. Common side effects may include:

  • Insufficient pain relief
  • Allergic reactions
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Absorption into the bloodstream

If you have concerns about local anaesthetic, it’s always best to discuss these with your consultant.

Alternatives to Local Anaesthetic

Depending on your medical situation and the procedure you’re undergoing, there may be alternatives to local anaesthetic. These can include:

  • General anaesthetic
  • Epidural anaesthetic
  • Spinal anaesthetic

Each of these offers different advantages and risks and should be discussed with your surgeon or anaesthetist.

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