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.
Patient guides for most procedures can be found on our website. These high-quality endorsed patient information leaflets are produced by EIDO Healthcare and provide an overview of the benefits of surgery, what the operation involves and any potential risks or complications. We strongly advise that you take the time to read this information.
You will be given an approximate time when you are expected to go to theatre, although this may change. We appreciate that waiting to go to theatre can be a very anxious time. The nursing staff 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 and disposable pants will be provided. If you are undergoing a general anesthetic you may 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.
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. depending on the procedure.
When it is time for your operation you will be accompanied by a healthcare professional to the anaesthetic room, where the theatre staff will take over your care.
After your surgery or 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 by individual, 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 or Day Unit bay, escorted by a nurse who 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 or 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.