Preparing for Surgery
Are there any tablets I should avoid?
Avoid taking aspirin or similar blood-thinning products before undergoing surgery procedures a minimum of a week before and after your procedure (unless otherwise instructed by Mr Coombes). The same is true for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen, neurofen and diclofenac). Vitamin E & C, dietary supplements and herbal medicines should also be avoided. These may also increase your bleeding tendency. Please also note that you should not consume alcohol within 48 hours of surgery.
What about smoking?
Smoking has serious effects on wound healing and infection rates, so should be stopped a minimum of 2 weeks before surgery. It also can cause problems due to coughing which can cause bleeding to start; a problem that is of particular concern in facial operations.
What may help?
Some patients find homeopathic remedies such as arnica helpful to reduce bruising although it is very difficult to prove their efficacy scientifically. If you wish to use arnica you should only begin 2-3 days AFTER the operation and continue for a week.
What if I get sick prior to surgery?
If you develop any sort of illness prior to the operation please contact Justine Plant, Mr Coombes’ PA at 01892 531111 ext 2275 as your procedure may need to be postponed or you may require treatment before proceeding.
Do I need to starve before my operation?
For local anaesthetic operations (with you awake) you may eat and drink normally. For general anaesthetic operations (with you asleep) you should not eat anything for at least 6 hours prior to surgery. You may drink water up until 2-hours before surgery. You will receive instructions from the hospital prior to your admission; however, if in doubt, please ask the pre-admission unit at the hospital or phone Mr Coombes’ office.
When should I come to hospital and what should I bring with me?
The hospital will contact you to make the arrangements for your in-patient procedure. Usually you will come in to hospital on the morning of your surgery, but occasionally you will come in the night before. Ensure you have your normal toiletries and any regular medication you take. It is advisable to bring a pair of sunglasses and a head scarf to wear home.