Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get blood tests or medical imaging such as x-rays, ultrasound or MRI
- Undergo a medical evaluation by a specialist if you have any preexisting medical conditions.
- Adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking and vaping well in advance of surgery.
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and some herbal supplements such as vitamin E and any fish oils as they can increase bleeding.
You will be required to complete your hospital admission forms online and surgical consent forms with Dr Turner prior to your surgical date. Dr Turner staff will provide these details to you after your 2nd consultation with Dr Turner.
The hospital will be in contact with you the day prior to your surgery to advise you on your arrival time. Fasting details will be confirmed by the hospital staff the day prior to your surgery. Generally if your procedure is in the morning then no fluids or food after midnight, if it’s in the afternoon then you may have an early 6am breakfast. If you take medications, you can still have these with a sip of water.
All patients must arrange for a family member or friend to pick them up upon discharge from the hospital. You are not permitted to take public transport, drive or walk home by yourself. The effects of anaesthetic will still be in your body for the first 24 hrs so it’s recommended that during this time you do not make any serious or legal decisions.
While some procedures have a fairly quick recovery and may only require support at home for the first 24 hours after surgery, others may have a more prolonged recovery time and you may require support for 5 to 7 days. Dr Turner and his staff will inform you of how much support you may require at home depending on the procedure you are having.