PRE-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PATIENT HAVING SEDATION OR GENERAL ANESTHESIA
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

  • Please bring photo identification with you. e.g., Healthcard, Driver's Licence, Birth Certificate, Citizenship Card.

  • If you are having IV sedation or general anaesthesia you should not have anything to eat or drink (including water) or undertake vigorous exercise for eight hours prior to surgery.

  • If you are taking any prescribed medicine, these must be taken as usual with a minimal amount of water unless advised otherwise.

  • Patients should not take any recreational drugs (including marijuana), controlled substances or alcohol, prior to their surgery as severe adverse reactions could occur. Patients MUST report to their surgeon if they have taken any recreational drugs and/or controlled substances for a period of up to 48 hours prior to having general anaesthesia or sedation.

  • Patients should wear loose or short sleeved comfortable clothing to the surgical appointment. Wear flat enclosed shoes - no high heels or flip-flops.

  • Patients should leave contact lenses at home or bring a suitable container in which to store them while in the office.

  • Patients must bring an English speaking responsible adult with them to their appointment.  This person must stay in the office during the appointment in order to accompany the patient home in a personal automobile or taxi.

  • A responsible adult must stay with the patient at home for at least 4 hours after surgery.

  • Patients must not drive a vehicle, operate hazardous machinery, take recreational drugs (for example, marijuana) or consume alcohol for a minimum of 24 hours following the anaesthetic, or longer if drowsiness or dizziness persists.

  • Have soft foods and possibly an ice pack (or packet of frozen peas) at home for after surgery.

  • Patients must bring I.D. with them to the office at the time of their appointments for prescriptions, I.D. can be Health Card, Birth Certificate or Driver’s License.

  • Advise staff of any medicine or latex allergies.


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