Patients will need to prepare for surgery/procedures. Most of this information will be given at the time of the consultation once a decision is made to perform an operation/procedure.
Hospital Admission forms
Make sure you have picked up the hospital admission forms and have handed this in to the hospital. If you don’t hand in the forms you will not have your procedure/operation. Its best to do this as soon as possible; and more important for patients having their operations in a public hospital (as you will be on waiting list). At some point electronic patient admission forms will commence for the relevant hospital.
Information sheets for your procedure/operation
Make sure you have been given an information sheet regarding the relevant procedure/operation. Again this is usually given at the time of consultation when a decision is made to have a procedure/operation.If you have not received this please let the reception staff know and we will make sure you get this. You an also obtain this from the relevant procedures page.
If you are having a colonoscopy – please follow the preoperative instructions carefully. You will need to drink the bowel prep prior to the procedure. Make sure you drink plenty of clear fluids.
You will ned to fast 4-6 hrs prior to your procedure. Please know when you are having the procedure done.If you are having an afternoon procedure you can have an early light breakfast and then fast. You can drink fluids up to 2hrs prior to the procedure.
Stopping blood thinners
This is very important. Dr Ahmed will need to know what tablets/medications you are in. Please advise/write on the patient information sheet at the time of the initial consultation.
Most blood thinners will need to be stopped at least 1 week prior to surgery. If they are not stopped this can lead to increased/excessive bleeding at the time of the procedure/operation.
Certain blood thinners can only be stopped under the advice of your heart doctor (cardiologist). This is important and may require you being reviewed by your cardiologist.
Common blood thinners are:
- panadol osteo
- fish oil/krill oil
- non steroidal anti-inflammatories : mobic, naprosyn; naproxyn, naprogesic, neurofen, neurofen plus. etc.
- pradaxa/eliquis etc.
Liver surgery/Major operations
Dr Ahmed/staff will advise that you will need to drink prep drinks (PREP OP drinks) usually given to you in the rooms or at the hospital. These are “popper drink” to be consumed at 6pm and 8pm the day before surgery; and at 5:30am on the day of surgery. These drinks help with decreasing infections/complications in major surgery.
You will also need to consume Inner health plus capsules ( one per day) for 1 week prior to the surgery. This helps increase “good” bacteria in the intestine.
Smoking will increase the risks of poor healing and infection. It increases also the risk of respiratory complications such as pneumonia.
Its best to stop smoking at least 2 weeks prior to surgery. Nicotine replacement therapy can be started via your GP.
Please contact the rooms.