Going toHospital

When you arrive at the hospital or day surgery, the admissions clerk will attend to the paperwork associated with your stay.

A nurse will request your medical history, confirm your medication and ask about any known allergies. Remember to mention any herbal or homeopathic remedies you may be taking, as these can have interactions and side-effects too.

If you haven’t already signed a consent form, you'll do so before the procedure.

An anaesthetist will visit you to discuss your anaesthetic. In most cases a local anaesthetic is given, which means you'll be awake throughout the procedure, but won’t feel anything. In rare cases a general anaesthetic is used.

An intravenous line will be put into the back of your hand so you can be given sedation, antibiotics and fluid replacement.

In preparation, the nurse may shave or clip your groin area and ask you to shower using an antiseptic soap.

Your procedure

What happens in the operating theatre.


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