How can I prepare for my Anaesthesia?
- Try and stay fit or get fit eg by walking swimming
- Eat well and stay rested
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Stop smoking 6 weeks before
Before coming to hospital:
patients who are a high risk or who are preparing for major surgery will be required to have a preoperative appointment with their anaesthetist in their rooms.
- Bring a list of medication -dosage and strengths to the appointment
- Some medication may need to be stopped or varied eg blood thinners, diabetic medications upon instruction by your anaesthetist
- Know any allergies to what drugs that may have occurred
- Bring with you any relevant letters or test results from other doctors
Your anaesthetist will perform a health and fitness assessment to enable them to discuss your anaesthetic options with you and any concerns about anaesthesia you may have.
If a preoperative appointment is not required please fill out the preoperative assessment form on your anaesthetist webpage and email back to the doctor’s personal email address that is supplied. Thank you.
General fasting instructions:
- No solid foods or dairy products should be consumed 6 hours before your surgery.
- For a morning procedure fast from midnight.
- For an afternoon procedure have a light breakfast before 7a.m.
- You may continue to drink water 4 hours before your surgery.
- You may then continue to have sips of water up until 2 hours before your operation.
Day of operation:
Patients should arrive at the hospital/health care facility at their allocated time so that they can be admitted and health checks performed by the nursing staff prior to the scheduled surgery.
The hospital/health care facility will notify patients when they must arrive.
Your anaesthetist will also visit you for a preoperative check.
After your operation:
Patients are taken to the recovery room where the anaesthetist and nursing staff will continue to monitor and keep them as comfortable as possible.
You will feel drowsy for a little while after you wake up. You may have some discomfort or pain, a sore or dry throat, feel nausea or have a headache. These are temporary and usually pass quickly.
Only when you are fully awake and comfortable will you be transferred back to your room/ward or be released.