If you need to undergo surgery, you will typically have several weeks to prepare for your operation. It is imperative that you take your doctor’s advice to ensure the success of your operation. it is recommended to take the following actions prior to the scheduled operation:
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Reduce weight if appropriate.
- Continue to take any drugs which have been prescribed, but remember to let your anaesthetist know what they are.
- Stop taking any herbal products at least 2 – 3 weeks prior to surgery.
- If you are taking Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or blood thinners consult your surgeon or anaesthetist as to whether you should stop taking them prior to surgery.
- If you have any kind of health problem, tell your anaesthetist and surgeon so they are fully informed.
- If you are concerned about your anaesthetic, make an appointment to see your anaesthetist before admission to hospital and get the answers you need.
- Inform your surgeon and anaesthetist if you object to blood transfusions.
- Do not eat or drink anything before surgery:
For a morning operation you must have nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
For an afternoon operation you must not have anything to eat or drink after 6.00 am on the morning of the operation.
These restrictions include sweets, chewing gum and water.