Preparing for your treatment
Your surgeon will explain how to prepare for your operation. If you smoke, you will need to stop because it increases your risk of chest and wound infection. Smoking can also affect wound healing by depriving the tissues of essential oxygen which will increase the recovery time.
Try to maintain a healthy weight. You are at a higher risk of developing complications if you are overweight.
Regular exercise can help to prepare you for the operation, help you recover and improve your long-term health. Before you start exercising, ask your healthcare team or your GP for advice.
An anaesthetic can make you sick so it is important that you take advice from your pre-assessment nurse.
At your consultation your surgeon will discuss with you what will happen before, during and after your procedure and any pain you might have. You might find it helpful to prepare some questions to ask about the risks, benefits and outcomes to the procedure. This will help to inform you about the procedure so when consenting on the day of admission you are well informed. You will also be given a copy of this consent.
You will need to wear compression stockings during the operation to help prevent blood clots forming in the veins in your legs - deep vein thrombosis (DVT). You will be measured for these on your day of surgery and also on induction in theatre you will be injected with a blood thinning agent to help prevent DVT.