During your stay
You will be seen by your Consultant and asked to sign a consent form for your surgery. He/she will outline what will happen during the operation. You will also be seen by your Anaesthetist.
You will be given an approximate time when you are expected to go to theatre, although this may change, depending on the theatre team’s progress. We appreciate that waiting to go to theatre can be a very anxious time. The nursing staff on the ward will keep you informed of any changes or delays as soon as they are made aware of them.
You will be required to wear a hospital gown. If you are undergoing a general anesthetic you will be required to remove any make-up, nail varnish, contact lenses, dentures and jewellery. Wedding bands can usually be retained and will be taped over by a member of the nursing staff.
You may also be asked to wear surgical stockings; these help to prevent blood clots forming in the legs. For the same purpose, your Consultant and Anaesthetist may also want you to have anti-coagulant injections for the first few days after the operation.
When it is time for your operation you will be accompanied by a ward nurse to the anaesthetic room, where the theatre staff will take over your care.
After your surgery/treatment, you will be taken to the recovery unit where you will begin to wake up. The amount of time spent in the recovery unit varies between different people, the nature of the surgery and the way you react to your anaesthetic.
When you wake up, you may have an oxygen mask over your face; this is quite normal. A nurse will be checking your pulse, blood pressure and breathing rate, whilst ensuring you are comfortable and in as little pain as possible. When you are fully awake, you will be taken back to your room, escorted by a nurse from your ward. The nurse will monitor you as you continue to recover.
If you experience any pain, please let your nurse know straight away so that appropriate pain relief can be arranged for you.
The type of operation/treatment you have had will determine when you can start drinking and eating again. Your nurse will be able to advise you. If you have undergone surgery you will need the assistance of a nurse when attempting to get out of bed for the first time even if you feel perfectly capable.
Your Consultant will visit you every day during your stay.