Pre-Operative Care

Things you need to know prior to your surgery

Pre-Operative Instructions

Please ensure you follow the instructions given to you as they have been written with your welfare in mind. Please do not hesitate to call the rooms if you have any questions regarding your care.

Adults One Week Before Surgery

  1. Avoid non-prescription products containing aspirin and/or aspirin-like compounds. This includes NSAID (anti-inflammatory) analgesics. Dr Maine needs to know of any drugs that may interfere with the anaesthetic.
  2. Avoid prescription AND non-prescription products containing Ibuprofen or Naproxen sodium.
  3. Avoid Vitamin E. We also recommend not taking some natural herbs, such as St. John’s Wort, Ginko Biloba and Feverfew as this can affect bleeding and the effect of other drugs.
  4. Panadol products are okay.

Night Before Surgery

  1. Take nothing by mouth after midnight the night before your surgery or six hours prior to surgery. This includes NOT drinking any liquids, eating food, chewing gum, having a mint or smoking cigarettes.
  2. Adults can shower or bathe the night before surgery, or on the morning of surgery. Do not swallow any water. 3. Do NOT smoke or drink alcohol 24 hours before your operation.

Day of Surgery

  1. Take your usual morning blood pressure and heart medicines with a sip of water. Ask Dr Maine or your anaesthetist about any other medications you take.
  2. Do not wear any make-up on your face or around your eyes on the day of surgery.
  3. Do not wear any fingernail polish. If you have acrylic nails, remove the acrylic and polish from at least one finger.
  4. Wear your glasses instead of contacts on the day of surgery. If you must wear your contacts the day of surgery, please bring a container for your lenses.
  5. All jewellery must be removed, including all body piercing jewellery.

Children under 12 Years of Age

  1. Do NOT EAT anything after midnight the night before surgery if your operation is in the morning, or 6 hours prior to surgery if in the afternoon. This includes NOT eating food, chewing gum, having a mint or smoking. You may have WATER ONLY up to 4 hours before your scheduled operation.
  2. Wear comfortable clothing, preferably a button-down shirt. Bring extra underwear or nappies for young children. If they are taking a bottle, please bring one empty bottle and one with their usual formula. It is suggested that you bring a security item with them, such as a favourite toy or blanket and spare nappies are useful just in case!

Before Your Operation

  • Please discuss the option of an early breakfast with Dr Maine or your Anaesthetist if your surgery is scheduled for later in the day.
  • If you are having an outpatient procedure, you must arrange for a responsible adult to take you home and stay with you overnight.
  • Please inform the rooms if the skin on the limb or area of your surgery gets scratched or damaged.
  • If you develop a cold, persistent cough, fever or any other health-related problems, or if you need to cancel your surgery, please notify the rooms.
  • You have the right to expect appropriate pain relief. We may not be able to rid you of all your pain, but we can lower your pain to a level you can handle. Please ensure you communicate your level of pain to the nursing staff.


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