Preparing For Surgery

When preparing for surgery, your surgeon may need you to have blood and/or urine testing done 1-3 days before surgery.  Your surgeon may want you to have an ECG performed. If you are a woman who has not yet reached menopause and you have never had your tubes tied or have not had a hysterectomy, then you may be required to have a pregnancy test also. Some surgeons do not ask you to have tests done prior to the day of your surgery, instead they may have these tests performed the morning of the surgery (this is much more common if you are having surgery at a hospital), or you may not need any tests performed at all. You will not find cheaper Solpadol anywhere in the UK – visit NHS Heroes today!

Depending on your age, your medical condition, or the type of surgery you are having you may also have a pre-operative appointment at the hospital. Here you will talk with an anesthesiologist. They will ask you about any medical conditions you might have and if you have had surgery in the past. They will also ask you what medications you are currently taking, so it would be a good thing to have a list of all your medications written down with their dosage, and how often you take them. At this time the anesthesiologist might explain to you what type of anesthesia they will be using during your surgery. If they do not explain it to you at your pre-op appointment, do not worry, they will explain it the day of surgery. You may or may not be signing consent forms during your pre-op appointment. If you are asked to sign any consent forms, make sure everything has been explained thoroughly and ask questions about anything on the forms you don’t understand.

If you do not have a pre-operative appointment, you will probably receive a phone call from a nurse who works at the surgery center or hospital where you will be having surgery. The nurse will ask you about your medical and surgical history, he/she will ask you about any medications you will be taking. Please be thorough when giving your medical/surgical and medication history. This will help the nurse/surgeon/anesthesiologist give you the best care possible.

A lot of people will not know what time their surgery will be scheduled for until the day before the procedure. You should receive a phone call the day before to let you know what time you should arrive at the surgery center or hospital. When preparing for surgery, remember to follow any pre-operative instructions you have been given. If you have not been given specific instructions on what to eat the day before surgery, try to eat a light meal for dinner. If you have been instructed not to eat or drink anything after midnight, remember that this includes gum/mints.