Usually, you will be admitted on the day of surgery. You will see an anaesthetist who specialises in administering sedation or general anaesthesia so that you sleep through an operation comfortably and without any awareness, whilst administering pain relief. They will also examine you to ensure you are fit for an anaesthetic. You will be asked again regarding any medical problems and any recent major illness, as this may have an effect on the medication they give.
The surgery is carried out under an appropriate anaesthetic, which will have been discussed and agreed at your initial appointment. You should feel no pain during surgery, apart from the discomfort of any injections necessary.
When the anaesthetic wears off, the operative site will feel swollen. It is usual to have a small amount of bleeding and a dressing will be in place to catch any of this and to protect the site of surgery. This usually stops within a few hours. For most surgical procedures, a little swelling and bruising is normal and this will settle within a few days.
The anaesthetist will prescribe regular painkillers, and it is usual to be discharged home the same or following day. Occasionally a longer stay is necessary, especially when surgical drains are necessary. You will be seen within the week to check how the surgery is going and to screen for any signs of infection. At this stage, removable sutures will be taken out.