Operation Info

The preparation for surgery varies according to the nature of the operation to be performed, but generally the following routine applies:

  • The nature of the operation will be explained by the doctor before you sign a consent form.
  • You are encouraged to ask questions about the operation, the likely outcome after effects and how long it will take you to recover.
  • You will be requested to attend a pre operative clinic where your medical condition will be assessed by the theatre nurse and anaesthetist. Further tests may be ordered. All aspects of the operation and anaesthetic will be discussed with you.
  • You are not allowed food or drink for a number of hours before surgery.
  • For some operations you may undergo special procedures-for example, shaving, hair washing. You will be asked to remove rings and jewellery. Wedding rings may be taped. Preparation of a more general nature may include the removal of any artificial limbs, contact lenses etc. You will be required to wear an operation gown.
  • You may be given some pre-operative medication before being taken to the operating suite, and this will probably make you drowsy.
  • In the operating suite, an anaesthetic will be administered. You will be monitored by specialised equipment during the proceedure.
  • You are encouraged to bring your choice of music to be played through the procedure.
  • Back in the ward your progress will be monitored by the ward staff, which will assist to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.
  • If your have any problems, do not hesitate inform the nursing staff. Operative procedures often involve the use of intravenous fluids, and other attachments. These will remain in place till no longer needed.