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What should I do to prepare for my surgery?

There are several things you should do, including:

  • Avoid using aspirin for at least a week before your procedure. This is because aspirin thins the blood and can lead to excessive bleeding and bruising. It is also advisable to try to avoid using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like NurofenĀ® and VoltarolĀ® in the week before your surgery.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, particularly in excessive amounts during this period as well, as it can have the same blood thinning effect as aspirin.
  • Unless told otherwise by your anaesthesia team, do not eat or drink for eight hours before your surgery.
  • Arrange for someone to accompany you home after your surgery - even if your procedure is being performed as a day case. In addition, most anaesthesia requires that someone stay with you the night after you are released.
  • Be sure to write down any allergies you may have to medication or dressings and bring your list to the hospital with you on the day of your surgery. It is also helpful to make a list of any questions you would like to have answered before your surgery. There are lots of preparations going on before surgery and it's easy to forget questions if they aren't written down.
  • If you are having a procedure like liposuction, tummy tuck or thigh lift that requires you to use a surgical garment after your operation you'll need to measure the treatment area and bring those measurements with you to assure an accurate fit. Please be careful not to use undue tension when you measure.

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Should I continue to take my prescribed medications in the days before my surgery?

In most cases it is important to continue taking your medications up to and including the day of your surgery. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however, so it's important to tell your team about all the types of drugs you are taking now or have used recently.

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What should I do if I develop a skin infection before my surgery?

If you notice a significant infection, particularly in the area that is due to be operated on, please notify us at once. A course of antibiotics may be able to control the situation. If not, it may be in your best interest to delay your surgery.

Herpes infections can be particularly problematic. It is important that you avoid coming in for surgery if you have an active herpes infection near the operation site.

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What should I do if I wear contact lenses?

For your safety, contact lenses must be removed prior to any procedure. Please tell the ward staff and your medical team if you wear contact lenses.

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Can I bring a partner, friend or parent to be with me?

Please ask the staff. It may be possible for someone close to you to accompany you to the start of the procedure. In the case of a general anaesthetic he or she may be allowed to stay until you are asleep.

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