Anaesthesia is not simply being put to sleep for a short time. Your anaesthetist is a specialist medical practitioner with a minimum of thirteen years of training. The Australian Society of Anaesthetists provides comprehensive background information relating to modern anaesthesia. Be assured your anaesthetic will be tailored to suit your individual needs in consultation with your anaesthetist. We want you to be completely clear about all the implications of your anaesthetic so please ask any questions you may have when you meet your anaesthetist.