There can be many advantages to undergoing surgery under local anaesthetic.

How is a local anaesthetic given?

Although local anaesthetic creams, gels and sprays are available for certain procedures, for surgery we use an injection to numb the area to be operated on.

Will I feel any discomfort?

You may feel a little discomfort as the injection is being given.  During the procedure you will of course feel no pain in the treated area at all, although it will feel completely numb.  As the anaesthetic wears off, you may feel a slight tingling.  There may be minor bleeding or bruising at the site of the injection.

How long does the anaesthetic last?

Depending on the amount administered, the numb sensation will generally wear off within 90 minutes.

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