Preparing for surgery

Individualised care and support when it matters

Knowing you’re going to have surgery often causes anxiety and stress. You may have lots of questions and you don’t always know where to find the answers. 

Let me encourage you to ask any question in the lead-up to surgery. It’s important for you to understand what will happen during your surgery, how long the surgery will take and what you can expect in terms of recovery

Hospital admission

Please make sure you’ve completed the admission form for the hospital where you’re booked in for surgery, at least 72 hours prior to your date of surgery.  For Prince of Wales Private Hospital, the link to the e-admission form is https://healthscope.eadmissions.com.au. 

Hospital admission time

A member of the Bookings and Admissions team at the hospital will get in touch with you on the evening before surgery to give you the time of admission and a tentative start time for the procedure.

Pre-admission appointment

It’s sometimes necessary to organise a pre-admission appointment for an anaesthetic review or an additional test due to the complexity of the surgical procedure. 

Patient and visitor information

If you’d like to know more about Prince of Wales Private Hospital, check out the following link:  https://princeofwalesprivatehospital.com.au/patients/general-information

Medications

Please advise Dr Vivek Arora and the anaesthetist of your regular medications.

Blood thinners and aspirin

You may need to stop any blood thinning medication like Warfarin, Clexane, Plavix (clopidogrel), Eliquis (apixaban) or similar a few days prior to surgery.

It’s usually fine to continue taking aspirin or painkillers right up to the surgery but please make sure you’ve discussed this in advance. 

Herbal supplements and fish oil

You may need to stop any blood thinning medication like Warfarin, Clexane, Plavix (clopidogrel), E

Herbal and fish oil supplements can interfere with blood clotting and should be stopped at least 2 weeks before surgery. We don’t recommend restarting these supplements for at least 6 weeks after surgery.

Eliquis (apixaban) or similar a few days prior to surgery.

It’s usually fine to continue taking aspirin or painkillers right up to the surgery but please make sure you’ve discussed this in advance. 

Questions to ask before surgery

Never hesitate to ask more questions before your surgery if you’re unsure about anything. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have to give you clarity and peace of mind.

  • Are there non-surgical treatment options?
  • What are the risks involved?
  • How long will I need to stay in the hospital?
  • What will recovery be like after surgery?
  • How will I manage pain at home?
  • What level of activity can I expect after the surgery?
  • How much time off from work is recommended?
  • When can I drive after surgery?
  • Will I need hormone replacement after surgery?

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