Anaesthetic treatments


Permanent injuries after anaesthetic injections is quite rare and numbness following some procedures is a recognised risk therefore not negligent.

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Anaesthetic treatments

When you have a medical procedure, you may require an anaesthetic to put you to sleep. This is so that you do not feel any pain whilst the procedure is carried out. Anaesthetics are given either in liquid form or by gas that you breathe in. The anaesthetist would review medical notes to highlight any allergies which may change the decision of the anaesthetic given.

You may be given:

 Local anaesthetic

If you are given a local anaesthetic, this is to numb an area of your body rather than put you to sleep, it is generally used in less serious surgery or for pain relief following surgery. Recovery tends to be quicker than with general anaesthetics.

You may have this for treatment of Wisdom teeth removal, moles, warts and verrucas and cataract removal.

General anaesthetic

Is used to put a person into a state of unconsciousness so that you do not feel pain. Generally it is used for operations which take a long time or are particularly painful.

Epidural anaesthetic

Is used for procedures such as giving birth and involves a local anaesthetic continually injected into the epidural space in the spine.

Spinal anaesthetic

This is a single injection into the epidural space in your spine. Both spinal anaesthetic and epidural are used to numb large areas of the body.

Nerve Block

Is an injection to numb the nerves which supply a part of the body so that an operation can be performed without a general anaesthetic. To pinpoint the nerve to be injected, an ultrasound is used.

Complications of receiving anaesthetics

Generally anaesthetics are quite safe but in some instances where an epidural has gone wrong, you may experience nerve damage, pain and bruising. Permanent nerve damage is very rare and most people recover from an epidural within a few weeks. In the most severe and rare of cases loss of bladder or bowel control and permanent paralysis may occur.

Nerve damage is usually caused by a number of problems including direct injury by the needle or catheter, a blood clot or infection. It is quite common for new mums to experience numbness or tingling in their legs following an epidural given in childbirth, unless this numbness continues for a considerable period, usually this isn’t classed as negligent.

There are some common side effects of being given anaesthetics such as feeling sick or vomiting, shivering, memory loss or confusion, difficulty in passing urine, dizziness, bruising and soreness as well as a sore throat or damage to the mouth or teeth where a tube has been inserted.

There are also some more serious complications associated with being given an anaesthetic which include waking up during an operation, a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis and even death. Death from an Epidural is extremely low but has happened in the past.

How can we help?

Negligence Claimline are specialists in compensation claims. We have helped many people make a claim in areas of failed epidural, severe pain during and after an epidural, nerve damage from epidurals and complications arising from being given naesthtics.

Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.

Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.

Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.

Can I sue the NHS?

The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.

We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.

When someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.

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