The physicians at Laclinic are very sensitive to the potentially traumatic dimension of any procedure and take great care to manage pain to ensure the greatest possible comfort.
Two main types of anaesthetic – general and local – mean that surgery can be performed free of pain or with reduced pain. The decision is always made based on the planned procedure, the patient’s state of health and their sensitivity. The results of any additional tests prescribed by the physician during the pre-operative consultation are also studied. Controlled sedation (local anaesthetic combined with deep sedation) is the most common method performed at Laclinic.
This gentle technique offers the patient the comfort of a general anaesthetic without its drawbacks (nausea, slow recovery, intubation, risk of allergic reaction, etc.). It involves putting the patient to sleep with sleep-inducing drugs administered intravenously, then applying a local anaesthetic to the operated tissues with injections made by the surgeon without intubation or external devices.
General anaesthesia is a state comparable to sleep, which is produced by injecting drugs intravenously and/or inhaling anaesthetic gases through special equipment.
Injecting anaesthetic products may cause some undesirable side effects but serious complications (serious allergic reaction, cardiac arrest, asphyxia) are extremely rare, occurring in approximately one in hundreds of thousands of anaesthetics.
The most common problems are nausea and vomiting on waking. However, this is less common with new techniques and avoidable if fasting guidelines are strictly adhered to.
Intubation (during general anaesthetic only) may sometimes cause a sore throat, as well as dental issues if there is pre-existing sensitivity.
Lastly, the protracted position on the operating table can cause compression, in particular of certain nerves, which may lead to swelling or, in exceptional circumstances, paresis (temporary paralysis).