It is important to prepare well for your surgery
Preparing your home
- It may be worth rearranging your home to suit your recovery period. You may want to ensure your sleep space is near a bathroom, and everything you need is on one floor, to reduce time on your feet and the need to use stairs.
- It will be helpful to have a few days worth of food or ready meals to reduce time on your feet cooking
- It is important to let family and friends know you are undergoing surgery in case you need support and so they can check in on you
- It’s a good idea to stock up on books and have other forms of entertainment close at hand
Day of Surgery
- If you are having general anesthesia or sedation, you will need to fast 6 hours before your surgery. However, you can a have a light meal 6 hours before your surgery. You can have plain water 2 ½ hours beforehand, but no caffeine or juice.
- Bring a pair of shorts, skirt or wide fitted trousers to make sure the area of your bandage is comfortable when you leave
- If you are staying overnight, bring an overnight bag. The hospital will provide some basic essentials and pyjamas, but you may wish to use your own.
- Remove make up, nail varnish
- Arrange for someone to collect you from the hospital
- We will send you a link to a waterproof cast protector so that you can shower at home without getting the wound wet