going tohospital

You’ll most likely be admitted to hospital on the day of your procedure.

You’ll be asked to fast for at least 6 hours before your surgery. You may be allowed clear fluids up to 2 hours beforehand. (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.

Be sure to bring your imaging (X-rays, ultrasounds and/or MRIs) with you to the hospital, otherwise your surgery may need to be delayed or postponed.

You may have to fill out a consent form if you haven’t done this already.

You may be given 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’ll be given during this time.

your procedure

What happens in the operating theatre.


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