For patients with chronic medical conditions preparation for your anaesthetic and operation is essential. If you have any of the following conditions it is advisable to make contact with your anaesthetist as early as possible before your operation.
It is important to have the details of any specialist such as your cardiologist available when you contact your anaesthetist so that they can chase any reports or investigations you have had done. We may even ask you to make an appointment to see them before your operation.
In some cases if your medical conditions are significant we may organise a consultation with you prior to your operation so that we can better assess your needs and better plan for your anaesthetic. This can generally be done at the hospital you will be going to or the surgeon’s rooms.
In general you should continue all of your usual medications your GP has prescribed for you. Some exceptions to this may be anti inflammatory agents, aspirin or blood thinners such as warfarin. If you take any of these medications please discuss this with your surgeon as they will decide whether or not you should stop these medications.
If you are taking any herbal preparations or vitamins it is advisable to stop these 10 days prior to surgery. This is because some herbal preparations can cause significant bleeding during surgery or interact with anaesthetic drugs.
If you have any concerns about any of your medications please make contact with your anaesthetist.
If you have had a previous anaesthetic and had any problems with it, please contact your anaesthetist as in many cases any concerns you may have can be sorted out with a simple phone call. Anaesthetics can be tailored to an individual and just because you had problems with one previously does not necessarily mean that we can’t alter you next anaesthetic to make it a better experience. Part of your anaesthetic consultation is to discuss this, as every anaesthetic is a prescription of specific medications that your anaesthetist selects as the safest for you.
Smoking causes many deleterious effects to your general health. It has been linked with an increased risk of heart disease, chronic lung disease, vascular disease, many forms of cancer, early aging and death. Smoking adversely affects your operation and anaesthetic in the following ways
Whilst ideally you should stop smoking 6 weeks prior to your operation, stopping at any time prior will be beneficial for your over all health and well being.
For more information about the College of Anaesthetists smoking guidelines please click on the following link:
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