When you arrive at the hospital, the admissions clerk will attend to the paperwork associated with your stay.
A nurse will perform a series of basic tests and observations, and will usually 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. They'll also talk to you about the type of pain relief you'll be given after the operation.
There are two types of anaesthetic that may be used:
- General – you’re asleep throughout the procedure
- Epidural – numbing, usually from the waist down
A small plastic tube (called a cannula) will be placed into a vein in your arm or hand so you can be given sedation, antibiotics and fluid replacement.
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