What types of anaesthetics are available?

Mr Clarke does the majority of his major joint replacement surgery under spinal anaesthetic (or epidural).  This freezes the lower legs giving complete pain relief.  Patients can have additional sedation if required.  This helps to give good post operative pain relief for the first few hours and tends to reduce the amounts of sickness in the post operative period.

Full general anaesthetic is also available for those patients that wish.  General anaesthetic is a low risk procedure and can be combined with local anaesthetic blocks to reduce the pain of hip and knee replacement surgery.

Modern General anaesthesia is a generally safe procedure. Patients with significant medical problems are regularily considered and accepted. This may require review by our consultant anaesthetic staff of a specialist physician occasionally.

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