It is understandable that you may be anxious. However you are likely to see the anesthesiologist before you go to the operating room who will be able to explain the options for pain relief.
The procedure is usually carried out under general anesthesia
and a nerve block
is used to provide good pain relief afterwards. This will last for approximately 12 to 18 hours. You will be advised to take strong pain killers before the block wears off.
Complications with this type of surgery and anesthesia are very uncommon.
I hope all goes well.
Dr K A Pottinger,