Most patients will be assessed over the telephone and in person on the day of their surgery. If there are specific medical issues, an appointment to see your anaesthetist may be necessary. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss in person with your anaesthetist before your surgery, he is more than happy to arrange a time to see you. The pre-operative assessment will cover a number of areas related to your upcoming surgery and your anaesthetist will discuss specific plans for the type of anaesthesia to be provided as well as the management of your pain relief after your surgery.
Your anaesthetist will contact you via telephone in the days leading up to your surgery to do a pre-operative assessment.
Smoking and Alcohol
It is preferable to stop smoking prior to your operation as this will assist your recovery and potentially decrease complications associated with the surgery. If this is not possible, then please do not smoke on the day of your operation.
Refrain from alcohol for at least 1-2 days prior to your surgery.
Nausea and Vomiting
Many patients are worried about feeling sick after their operation. All patients will be given medication during their anaesthetic to prevent nausea and vomiting and patients at particularly high risk will have a number of medications and strategies employed to prevent this. Despite this, a small percentage may still feel sick afterwards and this may be difficult to control.