You will be given a time to arrive to the ward on the day of your surgery which will be between 2 and 4 hours before the operation depending upon your time slot in the day. Sometimes on a whole day list, you may be asked to come in the morning even though the operation could be in the afternoon to enable efficient usage of the valuable operating theatre time.
Although most operations are done as day case procedure, on some occasions, it may be necessary to stay over night especially if your operation happens to the last on the list with little time to recover or if you are in pain. Less than 5% times such an even may occur. Make arrangements for such an eventuality.
Ensure that you have appropriate arrangements for returning back home after surgery. It is highly recommended that you are with someone for at least 24 hrs after your operation. Please may I remind you that you cannot drive for 48 hrs after anaesthesia and in many cases much longer due to the nature of the operation performed.
On arrival you will be greeted by a nurse who will direct you to the relevant room/waiting area. You will be provided with a hospital gown but you may wish to bring your own while you are in your room. To minimise cross-infection risk, we do not encourage you to come to theatre in your own clothes if possible.
We will ask you to confirm various details such as your name and date of birth. A wrist band with these details and hospital number will be printed for you to wear and will server as a source of identification. It is important that you disclose to the nurse any allergies that you may have.
I will come and meet you in your room/waiting area and briefly go through the proposed surgery again. I will be more than happy to clarify any questions that you may have at that point. I will ask you to confirm and point to the proposed side of operation and an ‘arrow mark’ will be drawn to identify the side. You will be asked to show this to the theatre personnel when you are checked into the theatre.
The anaesthetist will also meet you in the ward and will explain what will be done in the theatre. Any risks involved with anaesthesia will be discussed with you. Pre-anasethetic medications (pre-med) may be prescribed.
Furthermore, you will also be visited by the physiotherapist before the operation who will go through the exercises with you. More often than not, you will be given a printed leaflet regarding the basic exercises than you may have to do post-operatively. You will also be shown how to wear a sling and take this off safely.
You will be taken to the theatre either on a trolley or occasionally asked to walk down to the theatre with the nurse from the ward. He or she will be with you until the anaesthetic team take over.