If you are diabetic and take tablets to manage your diabetes do not take them on the morning of your operation. We may also advise you to temporarily stop taking any blood-thinning medications such as warfarin, clopidogrel and dabigatran, to minimise the risk of excessive bleeding.
Please contact us to discuss if you are not sure what to do.
If your surgery is under general anaesthetic (asleep) you should not eat anything for at least six hours prior to your operation. You may have sips of water up to 2 hours before.
You will receive more specific instructions from our office, or from the admitting hospital, nearer the time.
Once a date has been set, either the hospital or my Practice Manager, Jane Newbery, will usually contact you regarding the arrangements for your operation.
You will normally be advised to report to the hospital on the morning of your operation, but occasionally this may be later in the day, depending on the proposed timing of your procedure.
You may bring basic toiletries and regular medications with you. For additional comfort, you may wish to have loose fitting, elasticated pants (joggers) to wear on discharge.
Please make arrangements for a relative or friend to collect you from the hospital if you are having sedation.
It may also be a good idea to pre-buy food to have at home following your discharge.
Smoking is known to be harmful to your health in many ways. It may make you more prone to chest infections and it can affect wound healing. Therefore it is advisable to stop smoking at least 2 weeks prior to your operation.
We aim to provide a high-quality service to our patients at all times. On discharge from hospital you will be provided with a contact number should you have any urgent or out of hours questions.