PRIVATE HOSPITAL INFORMATION
Your hospital and date of surgery options will be discussed with you at the consultation appointment. All necessary paperwork will be provided to you to complete prior to admission.
WHEN DO I PRESENT FOR ADMISSION
Prior to the surgery, you will be contacted by the hospital administration team to advise you what time you need to be at the hospital. This is typically the day before the surgery.
WHAT IS A GENERAL ANAESTHETIC
A general anaesthetic is a combination of drugs that causes deep sleep. It is used for operations or medical procedures as it causes a loss of sensation and makes you unaware of what is going on around you. Afterwards you will not remember anything that has happened.
Your anaesthetic will be given to you by an anaesthetist (doctor trained in anaesthesia) who is assisted by a trained anaesthetic nurses.
HOW IS GENERAL ANAESTHETIC GIVEN
Most people are sent to sleep by injecting the drugs through a drip (small tube) into a vein. For some people it may be more appropriate to go to sleep by breathing an anaesthetic gas through a face-mask. You will be kept asleep for as long as as is needed either by giving you more of the small drug into the vein or by breathing anaesthetic gases. Your anaesthetist will also give you drugs to reduce pain and sickness after the procedure. Your anaesthetist will monitor you closely and will let the drugs wear off to allow you to wake up slowly.
Your health will need to be assessed prior to the general anaesthetic. This may be done over the phone or in-person. This is typically dependent on your medical history. It is for your safety.
HOW SOON WILL YOU RECOVER
WHAT TO BRING
Wear loose comfortable clothes.
Please bring to the hospital any prescription medication which you are currently taking.
You must FAST before treatment under General Anaesthetic. This means no eating any food at least 6 hours before and no drinking any water 2 hours before surgery.
Please remember to bring your Private Health Fund details as the hospital will require these on admission.
WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU
A general anaesthetic can affect your judgement and reactions for the first 24 hours. You should not drive, operative machinery, do any potentially dangerous activities, sign legal documents or drink alcohol during this time.
If you go home the same day, a responsible adult should take you home in a car or taxi and stay with you for at least 24 hours. You should be near a telephone in case of an emergency.
If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss further with your surgeon or anaesthetist.
On the day of the surgery Dr Atkinson will provide for you
1. Post-operative instructions
2. Script for post-operative medications
3. Contact details in case of an emergency
4. Medical certificate