Pre-operative care generally includes assessment and preparation of the patient for surgery. The objective of pre-operative care is to achieve best surgical outcome and alleviate patients anxiety. In pre-operative information, all the necessary information will be given to the patients regarding the surgical procedure, risks and complications of the surgery, and what to expect after surgery.
The general pre-operative instructions are as follows:
- On the previous day of your surgery, avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight. You may have breakfast, light lunch, and dinner.
- If you are on regular prescription medicine, you can take them with only a sip of water on the morning of your surgery.
- Avoid chewing any gum on the day of surgery.
- You should discontinue aspirin containing medications 14 days prior to your surgery.
- Inform your surgeon if you are taking blood thinning medications.
- Please inform your gynaecologist if you are having diabetes, so that special instructions will be given.
- Please bring all your medications along with you on the day of surgery.
- Do not wear contact lens or any jewelry when you come for surgery.
- Inform your gynaecologist if you have chest pain, heart problems, breathing difficulty or any physical change prior to surgery. Your surgery can be rescheduled if you have severe cold or flu like symptoms.
- Abstain from smoking, if you smoke, 24 hours before the surgery.
- Have someone to accompany and drive you home as you will not be able to drive after surgery.