ON THE DAY

When you arrive at the hospital

Take routine medication as your doctor has prescribed (for the purpose of taking medication only, small sips of water are allowed). Do NOT take any diabetes medication on the day of surgery (remember to discuss with your doctor).

Rinse your mouth without swallowing when brushing teeth. Shower using antibacterial soap. Remember not to apply any moisturisers, cream, or make-up

Make sure to arrive at least 2 – 3 hours ahead of your scheduled surgery time.

Once admitted, our friendly staff will accompany you to your bed to get settled and change into theatre clothes. Your medical history will be taken by staff, and will include questions about previous surgeries and illness, allergies, and medication

You will be asked to sign a form consenting your understanding of what the surgeon will be doing during the operation. You will have already discussed your surgery extensively with your specialist. The anaesthetist will visit you prior to surgery.

When you arrive at the hospital

Take routine medication as your doctor has prescribed (for the purpose of taking medication only, small sips of water are allowed). Do NOT take any diabetes medication on the day of surgery (remember to discuss with your doctor).

Rinse your mouth without swallowing when brushing teeth. Shower using antibacterial soap. Remember not to apply any moisturisers, cream, or make-up

Make sure to arrive at least 2 – 3 hours ahead of your scheduled surgery time.

Once admitted, our friendly staff will accompany you to your bed to get settled and change into theatre clothes. Your medical history will be taken by staff, and will include questions about previous surgeries and illness, allergies, and medication

You will be asked to sign a form consenting your understanding of what the surgeon will be doing during the operation. You will have already discussed your surgery extensively with your specialist. The anaesthetist will visit you prior to surgery.

In theatre

You will be accompanied to theatre and be assisted in lying comfortable on the theatre bed. Monitors will be set up by the anaesthetic nurse and anaesthetist. The anaesthetist will administer and IV line into your hand or arm and shortly after you will begin to feel very relaxed before dozing off into an anaesthetically induced sleep.

Your safety is our priority. We will always respect your privacy and dignity.

In theatre

You will be accompanied to theatre and be assisted in lying comfortable on the theatre bed. Monitors will be set up by the anaesthetic nurse and anaesthetist. The anaesthetist will administer and IV line into your hand or arm and shortly after you will begin to feel very relaxed before dozing off into an anaesthetically induced sleep.

Your safety is our priority. We will always respect your privacy and dignity.

In recovery

After surgery you will be taken to the recovery area where you will stay until you are fully awake. You will wake up gradually and may feel dizzy, groggy, and nauseous, this is due to the anaesthetic, during this you will still have tubes and monitors attached to you. You will receive additional pain medication as needed and your vital signs will be monitored.

You may also have been fitted with any combination of the following, depending on the type of surgery you had:

  • Elastic stockings.
  • Pneumatic stockings (constantly inflating and deflating) on both legs.
  • IV line for continued fluids, antibiotics, pain killers.
  • Wound drain (Portavac) to removes excess blood.
  • Catheter to drain your bladder.
  • PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia) for controlling pain.

In recovery

After surgery you will be taken to the recovery area where you will stay until you are fully awake. You will wake up gradually and may feel dizzy, groggy, and nauseous, this is due to the anaesthetic, during this you will still have tubes and monitors attached to you. You will receive additional pain medication as needed and your vital signs will be monitored.

You may also have been fitted with any combination of the following, depending on the type of surgery you had:

  • Elastic stockings.
  • Pneumatic stockings (constantly inflating and deflating) on both legs.
  • IV line for continued fluids, antibiotics, pain killers.
  • Wound drain (Portavac) to removes excess blood.
  • Catheter to drain your bladder.
  • PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia) for controlling pain.

Transfer to the ward

Once you are fully awake and stabilized in recovery you will be taken back to the ward by our loving and professional nursing staff.

Here you will be monitored until you are fit to be released from hospital.

If one or two members of family or friends would like to visit post-surgery, these visits need to be short to allow you to rest.

Transfer to the ward

Once you are fully awake and stabilized in recovery you will be taken back to the ward by our loving and professional nursing staff.

Here you will be monitored until you are fit to be released from hospital.

If one or two members of family or friends would like to visit post-surgery, these visits need to be short to allow you to rest.