Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for surgery is an experience that is enjoyable and exciting for the patient, and is as important as the procedure and post-operative recovery.

Dr Richardson and his Patient Coordinator will guide you through every step of your journey. This starts with your Pre-Operative Confirmation letter that provides specific information about your hospital admission and procedure. Further hospital information is available from their website.

  • Provide a full medical history, including any history of reactions to anaesthesia.
  • Provide a full list of medications you currently take and allergies you have. Some medications will need to be stopped 2 weeks before surgery, including: non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), aspirin, antiplatelet or blood-thinning medications (e.g. Warfarin, Clopidogrel, Rivaroxaban); and some herbal supplements (garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, St John’s Wart) as these can make you bleed. You will be advised of this if it applies to you and your procedure.

  • Be as fit and healthy as possible, as this can have a positive impact on your recuperation. In the weeks leading up to your operation, going for a gentle walk each day will increase your fitness for the procedure and aid your recuperation.

  • Reach your optimal weight.

  • If you smoke, you should stop as soon as possible as this can affect your body’s ability to heal. Cease at least 8 weeks before and after surgery to aid your recovery and minimise any risk of complications.

  • Have any investigations required for your operation, including: blood tests, X-rays, electrocardiographs (ECG) to assess your heart, or attend a pre-admission appointment prior to your procedure.

  • Prepare your home setup for when you are discharged. This may include pillows, leg-rests, blankets, ice packs, a thermometer, and a telephone within reach. Organising care of regular household activities and preparing some frozen meals is always helpful in the early stages of recovery.

  • You may require pre-operative antibiotics or antiseptic body wash.

  • Organise someone who can drive you to, and collect you from, the clinic or hospital. Someone should also stay with you for the first 24 hours after you return home.


You will be advised if you need any specific care, equipment, garments or medications, prior to or after your operation. It is essential to inform the medical team if you have an implantable device, which includes a: pacemaker, defibrillator, prosthetic heart valve, deep brain or neuro stimulator, medication pump, lap band or prosthesis. Please bring any information about the device with you to hospital.

Before you come to hospital, you will be advised whether your surgery will be performed as a day procedure or if you are required to stay overnight. Most patients are admitted on the day of their planned procedure.

It is important to follow all guidance and advice for your safety and best results. Further instructions or recommendations may be given to you prior to your operation, based on your individual health and circumstance.

"How you feel about yourself matters"

Dr Jeremy Richardson