PRIOR TO SURGERY
Many of our Doctors do not require an in rooms consultation and will see you in the hospital before your procedure. Patients with medical issues or having complicated procedures will be notified if a consultation is required.
Many patients will be invited to complete an online medical questionnaire which will advise your Anaesthetist of your specific needs. It is particularly important that you advise your current medications and allergies. If you have a consultation in rooms please bring a list to your appointment.
The hospital should give you clear instructions about fasting. Please follow these strictly, as failure to comply risks having your surgery cancelled. The general rule is no food 6 hours before surgery, but you may drink water up until 4 hours before surgery. If your surgery is in the morning you must not eat or drink anything after midnight. If your surgery is scheduled for the afternoon then you may have a light breakfast before 7am and you may drink water only until 10am. Sometimes clear fluids (water/apple juice and other fruit juices - not milk) are allowed up to two hours before, especially in young children. Food coming up from the stomach into the lungs during an anaesthetic can be a life threatening complication.
Your normal medicines
You should continue to take your normal medicines up to and including the day of surgery, unless your anaesthetist or surgeon has asked you not to. Some drugs should always be discussed with your Anaesthetist:
Blood thinners - Aspirin, clopidigrel (Plavix, Iscover), warfarin
Diabetic drugs - dapagliflozin (Forxiga, Qtern or Xigduo XR) and empagliflozin (Jardiance, Jardiamet or Glyxambi). Insulin
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