Pre-Operative Instructions for Patients
You will need to fill in the admission form for the selected hospital including the Informed Consent.
Mr. Etherington and/or his receptionist will help you to fill in the form. This is the time to discuss options for preparing for potential blood replacement, medical interventions and other treatments, prior to surgery.
The admission form will need to be submitted to the appropriate hospital; this may be mailed or taken in to the facility.
- Private Hospital - You may either take this to the hospital or it can be faxed from our office
- Public Hospital - You will need to fax it to Alfred Waiting List Office on 03 9076 0393
You may need to have blood tests and/or other investigations such as chest X-ray, ECG or new scans done before surgery.
Mr. Etherington will give you the forms for the requested tests.
Discuss any medications you are taking with Mr. Etherington and your family physician to see which ones you should stop before surgery. If you are taking blood thinning medications, you will need to stop them before surgery to minimise bleeding. These include the following:
- Aspirin, Cartia, Dispirin and Persantin - 7 days before surgery
- Warfarin - 5 days before surgery. If you have an artificial heart valve, you may need to take Clexane injections instead. The Clexane should be stopped 24 hours before surgery. Mr. Etherington will tell you if you need to be on Clexane or not
- Clopidogrel, Plavix, Iscover - 10 days before surgery
- Anti-inflammatory - Mobic, Celebrex, Voltaren, Neurofen - 3 days before surgery
If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery.
Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection later
Report any infections to Mr. Etherington. In some cases, surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up.
You will need to contact the hospital at least 24 hours before your day of surgery.