Preparing For Surgery

Feel relaxed, in control and recover quicker with the right preparation

Patient information

It is totally normal to feel anxious before surgery. Even if operations restore your health, most people feel uncomfortable about “going under the knife.” 

To help reduce this anxiety it is important to be prepared for surgery. Following the guidelines below will help ensure that you and your surgical team can work together for the desired outcome.  

For your safety the following items must be removed before surgery:

  • All types of jewellery including rings from fingers and toes
  • Contact lenses
  • Make-up
  • Nail polish/gel nails
  • All piercings including body piercings
  • Chains/necklaces
  • All hair extensions e.g. “micro-loop” (metal bead) hair extensions
  • Watches
  • Spacers
  • Bangles
  • Religious/sacred medals

It is important to follow the above instructions regarding the removal of jewellery, make-up and hair extensions. This is to prevent burns, choking or other injuries to patients and staff. 

Failure to remove items listed above may result in your surgery being cancelled. If you have any related questions or queries, please contact us.

Pre-operative Fasting Instructions

Fasting details will be advised on confirmation of admission time it is essential that you follow the fasting instructions as failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your surgery.

If you are a smoker it is important that you try to stop smoking at least one week in advance of your surgery. This may help to reduce complications during and after your surgery. Many people who smoke tend to smoke even more when they’re feeling anxious. Even if that calms their nerves in the short term, smoking increases the risk of complications after surgery – particularly related to the wound-healing process. Starting nicotine replacement therapy one to two months before surgery can reduce the risk of complications.

Preventing Blood Clots

Any patient coming into hospital is at risk of developing blood clots in the deep veins which can break off and move to the lungs. You can reduce the risk of developing a blood clot by:
  • Drinking plenty of fluids to keep you well hydrated unless otherwise advised.
  • Getting out of bed and walking around as soon as your condition allows.
  • Wearing compression stockings (which we will provide) as advised and putting them back on after showering.
  • If you are receiving heparin injections speak to a member of staff if you do not receive your injections daily.

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