Preparing for Surgery
Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
– Get blood tests or x-rays
– Undergo a medical evaluation by a specialist if have any preexisting medical conditions.
– Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
– Stop smoking 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 given hospital admission form and consent forms at your second consultation with Dr Turner. You are required to return these forms directly to the hospital no later than 7 days prior to your surgery. The hospital will be in contact with you the day before your surgery to advise you on arrival time and fasting details.
For certain procedures you will be required to purchase a postoperative surgical garment which helps with swelling, recovery and offers extra support after your surgery. At your second consultation with Dr Turner, you will be measured for correct sizing allocation and we will order the garment for you.
On the Day
You will need to arrive at the hospital approximately 1 hour prior to your surgery time to do your hospital admission check-in. We advise all patients to arrange a family member or friend to drive them to hospital.
Fasting generally commences 6hrs prior to your arrival to the hospital and these details will be confirmed by the hospital staff the day prior to your surgery. So generally if your procedure is in the morning then no fluids or food after midnight or if it’s in the afternoon than 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 24hrs 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.