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If your surgery is less than 2 weeks away, please follow the same instructions.
Please stop drinking and eating 6–8 hours prior to your admission time for surgery – this includes chewing gum and sucking on sweets.
You may keep taking your regular, prescribed medications, but remember to let your surgeon know what you are taking. It is especially important to take medication to control your blood pressure, asthma or angina on the day of surgery. You may take this medication with a sip of water.
If you are a diabetic taking insulin you may need to adjust your insulin dosage prior to surgery. Please confirm with your endocrinologist if you are unsure.
Medications to stop taking 72 hours prior to surgery include:
If you are currently taking warfarin, you will require an individualised plan made in advance of your surgery. This plan will detail when to stop and restart warfarin and whether alternative anti-coagulation therapy is required.
These medications and herbal supplements may interfere with the anaesthetic medication, your blood coagulation and your blood pressure during surgery. Please recommence your medication after surgery. If unsure please confirm with Dr Hope.
You will need to arrange for someone to take you home from hospital on discharge and stay overnight for at least one night.
Dr Hope strongly recommends not driving a motorized vehicle, operating heavy machinery or flying for at least 24 hours following a general anaesthetic. If requiring regular pain relief medication please ensure to follow instructions and warnings.
If you have private health insurance and are eligible, we will arrange to send your account directly to your health fund, provided we have all your health fund and Medicare details.
It is advisable that you check with your health fund that you will be covered for your procedure. If you are NOT covered, you will be liable for all medical and hospital costs not covered by Medicare.
If you are self-insured or not covered by your health insurance, we can provide you with an estimate of costs.
NOTE: If you choose to fill in your admission details online, please remember to still bring your signed consent form on the day of admission.