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Preparing for Surgery Instructions

General Anaesthetic

  • Surgery which are performed with general anaesthesia usually are done in hospitals, which puts you in a sleep like state so there is no pain during surgery.
  • In most cases you will be admitted to hospital on the day of your surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink for 6 hours before surgery. If your surgery will be performed in the morning, do not eat or drink after midnight the night before. Your surgeon will give you more instructions.
  • Modern anaesthesia is safe with few risks. However, a few people may have serious reactions to them. If you ever had a reaction to an anaesthetic drug, tell your surgeon.
  • If there’s a change in your physical condition, such as cold / flu or fever, contact your surgeon.
  • If you have any radiographs/ x rays, please bring them to the hospital.
  • No chewing gum before the anaesthetic as this will produce excess saliva which will pool in your stomach
  • In on any medication, it is essential to bring them to the hospital.
  • If you smoke, you should stop for 3 weeks before the anaesthetic
  • You should not be on Aspirin for at least 2 weeks before the operation.

Local Anaesthetic with intravenous sedation

  • This involves an injection of sedation medication by an anaesthetist, via a vein in the arm or the back of the hand.
  • This reduces your memory of the operation while producing relation and better pain control. In addition to this, a local anaesthetic is also given to numb the area of operation.
  • You must fast 6 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Do not eat or drink for 6 hours before surgery. If your surgery will be performed in the morning, do not eat or drink after midnight the night before. Your surgeon will give you more instructions.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing, flat shoes should be worn.
  • Avoid alcohol 48 hours prior to operation
  • No chewing gum before the anaesthetic as this will produce excess saliva which will pool in your stomach
  • You should not be on Aspirin for at least  2 weeks before the operation.
  • You will need someone to take you home and look after you till the next day

Local Anaesthetic

  • This involves a local injection of anaesthetic which causes numbness of the area to be operated. This is usually performed at the practice or hospital setting while you are awake.
  • Make sure you have a good amount of food and ensure you are adequately hydrated before the procedure. 
  • Avoid excessive hot/ cold foods or drink while the area is still numb. You make chew on your lip/ cheek and cause an injury.
  • You should not be on Aspirin for at least  2 weeks before the operation.
  • This usually means you do not require anyone to bring you to and from the surgery.
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