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Local anaesthetic

Anaesthetics are drugs given to patients to stop them feeling pain and other sensations. 

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Local anaesthetic

The doctor will inject numbing medicine into or near your cervix (neck of the womb). In addition you may be given pain medication by mouth. This does not make the procedure pain-free, but you should experience less pain. A nurse will stay with you throughout the procedure to provide you with comfort and support.

Eating and drinking

Before a local anaesthetic we encourage you to have a light meal and you can drink as normal. Avoid alcohol.

Going home

After your treatment you can go home once the recovery staff have decided you are< ready for discharge. You may drive and do not need an escort to take you home unless you are under 16 years of age.

Side effects and complications of local anaesthetic

Local anaesthetics are generally very safe and serious problems are rare. You shouldn’t experience any significant side effects. Some people experience temporary side effects such as:

  • feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • headaches
  • blurred vision
  • low blood pressure
  • shaking
  • ringing in the ears
  • metallic taste in the mouth

Significant unavoidable or frequently occurring risks

  • some discomfort when the injection is given
  • in very rare cases, you could have an allergic reaction to the local anaesthetic or
    develop serious problems, such as fits (seizures), trouble breathing, abnormal heartbeat,
    or a cardiac depression or arrest (when the heart stops pumping blood around the body)