Registration – Adult
General fasting instructions
As a general rule, no food, drink or baby formula should be given in the six hours prior to surgery. Babies who are breastfed should not be given breastmilk in the four hours prior to surgery. Water or clear apple juice is acceptable up to two hours prior to surgery.
The type of anaesthetic required for surgery will be discussed with you at the time of booking your surgery, and an anaesthetist will be present on the day of your surgery to further run through and clarify the options, including risks and benefits. Types of anaesthesia generally include:
- Local anaesthetic only
- Local anaesthetic with sedation
- General anaesthetic
On arrival at the surgical facility, reception staff will admit you and check that all your paperwork is in order. You will be asked to visit the bathroom to change. It is unwise to bring any jewellery or valuables, as these may need to be removed and kept for you during your surgery. You may then need to have eye drops instilled in your eye/s to prepare for surgery.
Your surgeon, anaesthetist and nursing staff will ensure you are comfortable during your procedure.
Post-operatively, you will spend some time in a recovery area under the care of expert nursing staff. Once the recovery team, together with your surgeon and anaesthetist, are confident that you are recovering well, you will be able to go home under the care of a support person. This process usually takes three to four hours.
Before you leave the surgical facility, you will be given detailed information regarding any drops or other medications you will need to start using, together with a time for a follow up phone call or appointment with your surgeon for the following day.
It is important to remember that you will need to have someone available to meet you and take you home after your procedure, and to stay with you overnight.