Going toHospital

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

The hospital staff will get you to fast for at least 6 hours before your surgery. You may be allowed clear fluids up to 2 hours beforehand (this includes 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.

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

You might be given an antibiotic to reduce your risk of infection, although thyroid surgery carries a low risk.

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-medication, you’ll get it before you’re taken to theatre.


Your surgery

What happens in the operating theatre.


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