Preparing foryour procedure

If you're having a general anaesthetic, you may need to undergo some basic tests to ensure your overall health is suitable for the procedure.

This will depend on your age and health, and could include an ECG (recording of your heart rhythm), chest x-ray and blood tests.

If you’re a smoker and can’t give up completely, try to cut back over the weeks leading up to your surgery, and try to avoid smoking immediately prior to the operation.

You’ll usually need to fast for at least six hours beforehand, but your doctor will have their own specific preparation requirements. These instructions should be strictly followed.

Depending on the location and scale of your procedure, you may not be allowed to drive after surgery, so ensure someone is on-hand to take you home.

What to take with you on the day

  • Any relevant x-rays or scans
  • Any relevant biopsy or histopathology results
  • Medication you usually take during the day; you'll usually be able to take it
  • Remove all nail polish and don’t wear make-up
  • Leave valuables and jewellery at home (a plain band on your finger may be ok)
  • Toiletries and nightclothes
  • Wear comfortable clothes

Going to hospital

What to expect on the day of your procedure.


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