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Peri-operative Information


It is crucial for your safety you follow these instructions
. If your operation is in the morning you must not have anything to eat after 12 midnight. You may drink water up to 2 hours prior to the time you have been asked to attend the hospital. If your operation is in the afternoon please have a light breakfast prior to 7 am. Do not eat or drink anything after this time except for water which you may continue to drink in small volumes up to 2 hours prior to the time you have been asked to attend the hospital.

Preparation for your treatment

Fitness aids in your recovery so to improve your general condition, you need to:

  • Gentle exercise such as walking or swimming
  • Stop smoking as soon as possible (ideally at least 6 weeks prior to your treatment)
  • Reduce alcohol consumption. Please refrain from excessive alcohol the evening prior to your procedure.


Please bring all medications to hospital. You should take all your regular medications up to and including the day of your surgery. If you take insulin or tablets to lower your blood sugar please follow your surgeon's advice. Your surgeon may have asked you to stop taking medications that thin your blood.

Treatment risks

Anaesthesia today is very safe however we must inform of possible risks. (although risks are remote).

Minor complications may include:

  • headache
  • nausea and vomiting
  • inflammation/bruising at injection entry point
  • temporary nerve damage
  • throat irritation from inhaling gases and breathing tube

Major complications may include (these are vary rare):

  • dental damage
  • recall during surgery
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • brain damage
  • death

These risks are extremely low. Patients with heart or lung disease, blood pressure problems, have previously had a stroke, are diabetic or smokers are in a higher risk category, as are older patients. Major surgery and blood loss can also increase the risk. Allergic reactions to anaesthetic drugs are possible (although very rare).
General anaesthetic

Your anaesthetist will induce a state of unconsciousness usually by a combination of administering drugs intravenously and by inhalation. You will not be aware or experience any bodily pain. Your bodily functions are constantly monitored by your anaesthetist for the duration of your procedure.
Regional anaesthetic (epidural/spinal/eye blocks)

Your anaesthetist uses a nerve block to achieve loss of sensation to the relevant part of the body thus avoiding a general anaesthetic. Instances where a nerve block maybe used include epidurals for childbirth, spinal for caesarean section and eye blocks for cataract surgery.

A technique also known as “Monitored Anaesthesia Care” is commonly used by anaesthetists to relieve pain (and reduce patient anxiety) for a variety of surgical procedures. Sedative drugs are used to induce a state where you are breathing on your own but kept comfortable. Your anaesthetist will carefully monitor your vital signs throughout.

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