Please see below for general information about preparing for your surgery. A more specific set of instructions will be included in your surgery pack.
What to do
- You will need to fast to undergo a general anaesthetic. Only approximate fasting and admission times will be included in your surgery pack but you will be given exact times the day prior to surgery once all the theatre lists are settled.
- Some patients are required to take specific medications to improve surgical results. If this applies to you, you will have been given the medication in your surgery pack and your attention drawn to instructions.
- The hospital will usually call the day prior to surgery to confirm times of admission and your details. These admission times tend to be quite general so MIGYNAE always contacts you the day before surgery to give you exact arrival and fasting times to ensure the minimum of discomfort and delay for your convenience.
- Ensure you have completed your hospital admission forms at least 5 days prior to admission – Consent for Treatment, Patient Admission Details, Patient Health History
- Make sure you have called your private health fund to check cover and any out of pocket expenses you could expect. The funds will ask you for your “Item Numbers” is order to advise eligibility of cover. This information can be found on your fee estimate documents next to the description of your surgery.
- Consider what assistance you will need once discharged and be mindful that most hospitals require a patient to be accompanied home after having a general anaesthetic. Hospital policy does not consider taxi’s acceptable transport on discharge.
What to to bring to hospital
- Any medications in its original packaging if you are to stay overnight
- Something comfortable to wear in hospital (dressing gown, slippers)
- A comfortable pair of clothes to wear home after surgery
- Toiletries if you are staying overnight.