You’ll most likely be admitted on the day of your procedure.
If you’re having sedation or general anaesthesia, the hospital staff will get you to fast for at least 6 hours before your surgery. You may be allowed clear fluids up to 2 hours before surgery. (Clear fluids include water, pulp-free juice, clear cordial, black tea and black coffee). Your stomach needs to be empty to reduce your likelihood of vomiting, which could damage your lungs.
You may have to fill out a consent form if you haven’t done this already.
A member of the hospital staff may give you an antibiotic to reduce your risk of infection after surgery.
Waiting to go into theatre.
Expect to wait around for a while before your surgery, as you may not be first on your surgeon’s procedure list. If your anaesthetist has prescribed a pre-med, it will be given during this time.
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