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Updated 19 February 2021

Leaflets written by DCH

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Fractured Neck of Femur – April 2013

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Headache After an Epidural or Spinal Anaesthetic – April 2016

The Royal College of Anaesthetists 

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) has written the following leaflets regarding information about anaesthesia and the risks associated with using anaesthesia. The RCoA has kindly allowed us to provide direct links to their leaflets:

​Information About Anaesthesia (written by RCoA):

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Anaesthesia Explained

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You and Your Anaesthetic

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Your Spinal Anaesthetic

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Nerve Blocks for Surgery on the Shoulder, Arm or Hand

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Anaesthetic Choices for Hip or Knee Replacement

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Your Anaesthetic for Major Surgery with Planned High Dependency Care or Intensive Care Afterwards

Risks Associated with Your Anaesthetic (written by RCoA):

 

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Section 1: Feeling Sick

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Section 2: Sore throat

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Section 3: Shivering

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Section 4: Damage to teeth, lips and tongue

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Section 5: Damage to the eye during general anaesthesia

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Section 6: Postoperative chest infection

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Section 7: Becoming confused after an operation

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Section 8: Accidental awareness during general anaesthesia

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Section 9: Serious allergy during an anaesthetic (anaphylaxis)

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Section 10: Headache after a spinal or epidural injection

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Section 11: Nerve damage associated with an operation under general anaesthetic

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Section 12: Nerve damage associated with a spinal or epidural injection

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Section 13: Nerve damage associated with peripheral nerve block

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Section 14: Equipment failure

Pre-operative assessment videos

This video is for anyone who is thinking about having a nerve block for an operation on the shoulder, arm or hand. It will be of particular interest to people who would prefer not to have a general anaesthetic and are having an operation on their arm, elbow or hand. It has been created by the Regional Anaesthesia UK Society who have given us permission to share. 

This video for is patients who smoke and are having an operation.  It explains the benefits of stopping smoking before surgery – even for a brief time. It was produced with support from the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and endorsed by the British Thoracic Society.

This video was created by the Royal College of Anaesthetists. This video is for anyone having an operation and provides patients with the information they need to become fitter and better prepared for their operation.  We know that the fitter a patient is before their operation,  the quicker they will recover from their surgery and encounter fewer post operative complications.