What precautions should be taken prior to surgery?
You will be provided with specific details about how to prepare for your operation. For example, if you smoke you may be asked to cut back or preferably stop, as smoking can increase the risk of a chest infection, which can slow down recovery. You must stop smoking 3 weeks before the operation if it is for a facelift or tummy tuck otherwise Mr Richard will not operate.
1 week before the operation you will need to avoid taking painkillers such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Neurofen. Paracetamol can be taken during this week if necessary. If you are on the contraceptive pill or HRT you will also be asked to stop taking the tablets 4 weeks before the procedure.
If your operation is to be performed under general anaesthetic you will be asked to refrain from eating or drinking before the surgery, usually about 6 hours in advance.
What will happen once you have been admitted into hospital?
Once you have been admitted into hospital Mr. Richard will see you to go over the operation details once again. A nurse may check you heart rate, blood pressure and urine sample and an anaesthetist will also visit you prior to surgery.
You will be asked to sign a consent form that confirms you understand the risks involved and to give your permission for the operation to proceed.
A nurse will prepare you for theatre and you may be asked to wear compression stockings to reduce the risk of blood clots in your veins.