Pre-surgery checklist

Important information to read 2 weeks prior to your surgery

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 2 weeks prior to surgery include:

  • Aspirin
  • High-dose vitamin E (>1000 mg)
  • Vitamin K
  • Fish oil
  • Omega 3

Medications to stop taking 48 hours prior to surgery include:

  • Clexane
  • Fragmin
  • Iscover

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.


Stop taking all herbal supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Garlic
  • Gingko biloba
  • Ginseng
  • Dong quai
  • Feverfew
  • Red chilli pepper

These medications and herbal supplements may interfere with the anaesthetic medication, your blood coagulation and your blood pressure during surgery.

Going home

You will need to arrange for someone to take you home from hospital on discharge. It is advisable that you do not drive for at least 24 hours after the procedure, or longer if you are continuing to take pain relief medication.

Private health insurance

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.

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Also consulting at:
Box Hill
Suite 17
28–32 Arnold Street
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Latrobe Medical Centre
920 Plenty Rd
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Monash Surgical Private Hospital
Suite 1, 252–256 Clayton Rd
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