The day of surgery
On the day of surgery, Chris will ensure any final questions are answered prior to obtaining your official consent to proceed. The process of consent ensures that you are aware of the aims of the proposed intervention, you understand all of your options, all of your questions have been answered and that you are prepared for any complications that may arise.
You will meet your consultant anaesthetist, if general anaesthesia or sedation is required, who will explain the process. The site of surgery will be agreed and clearly marked prior to your arrival in the operating theatre. The nursing staff will record some basic observations to ensure your care is safe and complete. Occasionally blood tests are required.
Surgical assistants are an integral part of ensuring that your surgery is performed as quickly and safely as possible. Please be assured that Chris will perform the surgery himself and that the purpose of the assistance is to allow greater visibility during the operation and to assist in certain surgical manoeuvres, which would ordinarily be difficult to undertake operating solo.
Recovery: Following the surgery, Chris will provide you with an immediate verbal summary on how the surgery went and if requested, will personally contact any of your family members with an update. It only takes a few hours for the anaesthetic to wear off, after which time you can receive visitors.
If you are planned as a ‘day case’ and Chris and his team are happy with your post-operative recovery, you will be allowed to leave the hospital the same day. Prior to discharge Chris will complete a review with you and answer any questions that may have arisen following the surgery. He will also explain in detail pain relief options available to you, in addition to the post-operative plan and rehabilitation regimen. It is standard practice for Chris to inform your general practitioner of the care that you have been given, unless you would prefer him not to.