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Things to take note of before your surgery.

Before surgery/procedure

  • If you have any loose teeth or gum issues, please see a dentist as there is a risk of dislodgement during general anaesthesia.

  • Inform your doctors if you develop flu-like symptoms 1 - 2 weeks before your scheduled operation. Your operation may need to be postponed for your safety.

  • Inform the surgeon if you develop a fever 1 week prior to surgery.

  • If you are on any regular medications, kindly seek advice from your surgeon on which medications to continue and which medications to stop prior to your surgery.

  • Please stop smoking.

  • Chronic medications and supplements – please provide your surgeon and anaesthetist with a full list of what you are taking. Some medications need to be continued, and some have to be withheld as they can complicate your surgery and/or anaesthesia outcomes. *Please refer to XXX for a list of common chronic medications and instructions. Always refer to your surgeon/anaesthetists’ specific instructions.

On the day of surgery/procedure

  • You are required to fast for at least 6 hours before the surgery. You may drink water up to 2 hours before the surgery.

  • Chronic medications – as per your anaesthetist and surgeon’s instructions.

  • Kindly be punctual for your surgery to avoid delays.

  • Bring along your Identity card for registration.

  • If you are having a day surgery, ensure that someone is there to pick you up after the surgery.

During the surgery/procedure

  • You will be brought into the operating theatre/procedure room and physiologic monitoring devices will be attached to your body.

  • The Anaesthetist will set an intravenous cannula into your vein for the administration of anaesthetic medications prior your surgery.

  • You will then be given oxygen to breathe before you drift off to sleep.

  • Your anaesthetist will stay beside you throughout the surgery and take care of you.

After the surgery/procedure

  • You will be monitored closely following anaesthesia and surgery in the recovery room for potential side-effects and receive treatment, if needed.

  • After a suitable period of observation, you will be discharged from the procedure/operating room and be transferred to your bed.

  • Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or drink alcohol for 24 hours following anaesthesia.

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