When do I stop eating and drinking?

If you are having a general anaesthetic you will need to have nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours prior to surgery.

What about my medication?

If you are taking any medication the surgeon should be immediately informed what you are taking especially if you are taking anticoagulents or aspirin. The doctor will advise you regarding your medication on the day of surgery.

Should I have someone collect me?

If you have surgery as a daycase you should have a friend or relative come for you and stay with you overnight.

If you stay overnight the doctor will see you the next day prior to going home. You should have a friend or relative come for you .You should have complete rest the next day.

Post-operative appointment

You should call or email for a postoperative appointment before surgery.

Post-operative general guide

For surgery performed as daycase or involving one night stay the general guide (specific instructions may apply) is up to one week off work if possible, no swimming for 2-3 weeks limited upper body exercises for 4 weeks. For more major surgery involving several nights stay specific instructions will be given.

Can I use medical insurance ?

It is very important to contact your medical insurance company before every appointment, investigation or admission. Self pay packages are available but the account should be settled on the day.

What if I have a problem when I get home?

Call the hospital where the surgery was performed or if during office hours the consultant’s secretary.

Further information can be found here.

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