Once you have decided to go ahead with surgery, it is important to be familiar with what will happen before and after the operation. Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.
Before surgery, it is important that you are in optimal health.
You may be referred for routine tests, such as blood tests and x-rays.
You will be reviewed by a specialist anaesthetist prior to your surgery, to ensure that you are optimised and safe for the surgery. You will be able to discuss the different methods of anaesthesia suitable for you. Where clinically suitable, your preferences will always be taken into account.
The following general points are important to consider:
It is also important to be prepared for your return home after surgery.
If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following: