Going toHospital

You’ll be admitted to hospital on the day of your surgery

The hospital staff will get you to fast for at least 6 to 8 hours before your surgery (including water). Your stomach needs to be empty to reduce your likelihood of vomiting, which could cause pneumonia.

Most people spend a few days in hospital afterwards. The length of your stay will depend on the type of surgery you have and how it was done.

Waiting to go into the operating theatre

Expect to wait around for a while, as you may not be first on your doctor’s surgery list.

Your surgery

What to expect on the day of your surgery


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