If an operation or another major procedure is required, we will first carry out a pre-operative assessment which is designed to minimise the risk involved. It will assess your general fitness for surgery, establish whether there are any medications you are allergic to and if you need to take blood-thinning medication. You will then be given a date for your operation as well as some additional instructions about eating and drinking leading up to the procedure.
On the day of your operation, you will be booked in to the Princess Grace Hospital which will involve completing several admission forms. The nursing team will help you get settled into your own room and begin preparing you for surgery, carrying out any further tests that may be required. Your consultant will come and see you before you go into surgery to talk through the procedure once more to ensure you are fully informed; you will also be asked to sign a document of consent. If you are having a general anaesthetic, a consultant anaesthetist will be along to discuss the steps involved in putting you to sleep, ensuring you are entirely comfortable throughout.
After the operation, you will be carefully observed as you wake up so that any nausea (occasionally caused by the anaesthetic) or discomfort can be immediately counteracted. When we are completely happy with your condition, you will be taken back to your room where you will be offered something to eat and drink and, later on, visited by your consultant. Discharge from hospital will depend on the scale of the operation – day cases should be able to go home after a few hours, but if you have had more radical intervention you will need to remain for several more days, and occasionally up to two weeks. Upon discharge, you will probably be given some painkillers to take home, as well as emergency contact details and additional information regarding follow up appointments.
If you have had an operation, you will have a post-operative review approximately seven to ten days after surgery which will allow the nurses to change your dressings and possibly remove any sutures. Subsequent appointments will then be made as appropriate. LUA consultants are committed to caring for their patients to the best of their ability for as long as is necessary.