Preparing for your Operation
Preparing for your surgery will be slightly different depending
on whether you are having your operation under a local or a general
anaesthetic. You will be told which type of anaesthetic you need
before the day of your operation and what you should do regarding
your medication and fasting.
If you are having a local anaesthetic, you can continue to eat
and drink as normal and should take any medications as usual before
your operation, unless told otherwise by the nurse at your
pre-assessment appointment. You will remain fully clothed
during your operation, but please wear a button-fastening top such
as a shirt or blouse.
If you are having a general anaesthetic, you must have nothing
to eat from 12.00 midnight on the morning of your operation.
You may drink clear water only, not fizzy (and no more than a
maximum of 500mls), up to 6.00 am and nothing after that. You
should not chew chewing gum. You will need to change into a
theatre gown prior to surgery, so you might want to bring a
dressing gown with you. We also suggest that you bring a tooth
brush and tooth paste to keep your mouth fresh while fasting.
If you wear dentures, you might be asked to remove them just
before going to theatre.
Whether you are having a local or a general anaesthetic, please
follow these instructions:
- It is a good idea to bathe and wash your hair the day before
your operation, as you might be unable to do so for the first few
days after surgery
- Ensure you have enough food and essentials to last a couple of
days at home because you might not feel like shopping
- Bring all of your medications and eye drops with you on the day
of your operation, as well as your spectacles or contact lenses
with their cases and solutions, and a small toiletries bag if you
would like to freshen up after your operation
- As there is limited space on the ward, please bring only one
friend or relative with you on the day of your operation
- Leave any valuables at home
- Wear flat shoes
- Do not wear nail varnish, makeup or jewellery, except for your
wedding ring, if you wear one
You are advised to obtain a roll of surgical tape prior to
surgery from your local pharmacy as you might need to wear a shield
at night for up to two weeks following your operation.