After being admitted through the admissions desk of the Wesley Hospital you will be taken by one of our volunteers upstairs to the surgical waiting area where one of our perioperative nursing staff will check the details of your operation.
In one of our consultation rooms you will change into a surgical gown and a preoperative surgical checklist will be performed. After your first preoperative check has been performed, you will be escorted to a recliner in our preoperative waiting room. Your belongings will be locked up securely during and whilst you are waiting for your operation.
Prior to your surgery you will be introduced to your anaesthetic team (consisting of anaesthetist and anaesthetic nurse). You will have an intravenous cannula inserted in your arm by your anaesthetist which will be used to administer your anaesthetic once you enter the operating theatre.
You will be reviewed by Dr Smith and at this time you will have the opportunity to ask any last-minute questions you may have.
When the operating theatre has been properly prepared for your operation, you will be wheeled into theatre on a trolley and transferred to the operating table. Prior to the administration of an anaesthetic, the surgical team will confirm your personal details, the operation that you will be undertaking and the status of any drug allergies you may have. Your anaesthetist will administer a general anaesthetic from which you will wake up in the recovery room.
Once you are under general anaesthetic a urinary catheter will be placed into your bladder. This is routinely removed on the first morning after your operation.