Learning about your operation is a must so that you can make the decision whether you wish to go ahead with it or not. It is important for you know to that as doctors we can just advise you the various treatment options; at the end of the day it is your responsibility to decide which of the recommended treatment options would you follow. Learning about the recommended surgery is indispensible so that you can make this decision. This will also help your recovery, as you would know what to expect before, during and after the operation. Complications after operation are rare but an unfortunate part of any medical treatment. Remember, most patients who have these operations do very well and have NO problems at all. It is very rare for the problems to occur. In the rare instance if a surgical complication were to occur, knowing them will help you recover better.
Before reading about your planned operation, I would strongly recommend following this link (GENERAL SURGICAL RISK) to learn about risks associated with anesthesia and surgery in general.
You may change your mind about the operation at any time, and signing a consent form does not mean that you have to have the operation. If you would like to have a second opinion about the treatment, you can ask me and I can recommend other good doctors who are specialist in this field. I will not mind arranging this for you and will give the relevant medical details and test reports to discuss with the other specialist.

Before your operation

If you take aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, you should ask your medical doctor if it is safe to stop for few days. If they feel it is safe, stop taking these one-week before surgery. If you have seen the anesthetic, follow his advise about your other medications.

The night before surgery, do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight. Get a good night’s sleep.

On the day of your operation

We will let you know where your surgery will be and what time you need to arrive at the hospital on the day of surgery. It is very important to arrive at least 2 hours before surgery.

You may need to have your beard, moustache and /or neck shaved before the operation. This may be done in the theatre.

When you have been taken to your bed the nurse will welcome you and check your details. It is necessary for you to wear a theatre gown for your operation. This will be given to you by the nurse who will instruct you how to wear it and give assistance if required. Dentures, glasses and hearing aids can be taken out in the anesthetic room and taken back to the ward by the nurse or you may like to put them in your bedside locker before your operation

Please only wear cotton underpants / knickers under your gown. All other underwear must be removed to ensure your safety in the operating theatre.

You will also be given a pair of white elastic stockings to wear during and after the operation, which will help to prevent blood clots in your legs. They will feel quite tight to wear and the nurses will help you put these on.

During the surgery, your family can wait in the family waiting area. If the operation is long, they will be kept updated by one of our staff. In most cases, I will speak with your family (and if time permits to you) after surgery is over.

Going to theatre

Just before going to theatre a checklist is completed by the nurse. There after you will be taken to the operating theatre; usually by a porter and a nurse.

After you reach the anesthetic room, the anesthetist will insert a small needle into the back of your hand through which you will receive the anesthetic medicine. The nurse will stay with you until you are under the anesthetic and fully asleep. You will not wake up until the operation is over and you are back on your bed in the recovery area.

A porter and a nurse will then take you back to the ward, on your bed. You may stay in the Intensive Care unit (also known as Critical Care or High Dependency unit) for a few days after surgery in order to receive specialist care.

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