Pre-operative instructions before IV Sedation, download a PDF copy here
1. Do not eat for 4 hours prior to your surgery, do not drink any liquid 2 hours prior to your surgery. This precaution is necessary to avoid the risk of vomiting during or after surgery. You should, however, take all usual medications with a small amount of water.
2. You are not allowed to drive a vehicle during the initial 24 hours following your surgery. This means a responsible person will need to take you home. It is fine to use a taxi, but you must still have a responsible person to accompany you. Travelling alone after sedation is not appropriate.
3. Please arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for the initial six hours following surgery
4. No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
5. Please wear comfortable, warm loose fitting clothes with loose sleeves and wear low-heeled shoes.
6. Please do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
7. If you wish, you may bring a favourite cd or i-pod to be played as background music during your surgery.
8. Please do not take herbal medication for bruising and swelling, such as arnica, for 2 weeks prior to your surgery, as it could cause excessive bleeding during your surgery.
9. If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
10. Please make sure you have had your prescription filled at a pharmacy prior to surgery, if you can not find your prescription please let Mr Lim's reception know.
11. You may be required to take medication prior to surgery, if you are unsure please contact Mr Lim's reception.
12. If you take routine oral medications, please check with Mr Lim prior to your surgery for instructions.
On the day of your surgery please arrive approx. 10 min early, as this gives our staff plenty of time to admit you and prepare you for surgery.
Your support person must stay with you in reception until a nurse comes to collect you. A time will be arranged with your support person to collect you after surgery.
Once the surgical staff are ready, you will be collected from reception by Mr Lim and taken to the surgical theatre.
Going to the operating room
Mr Lim will ask you a series of questions. These questions have been designed to ensure your safety. We will check your details, any allergies you may have and any medications you may be taking. We will also ensure that your consent forms have been signed. The nurse will also attach some vital monitors to you to record your vital signs. This will include a blood pressure and oxygen saturation monitor.
Once the nurse has prepared you for surgery, the surgeon will then take over the responsibility of your care.
It is preferable that you do not bring any valuables with you. You may wish to leave any valuables with your support person.
Parking is available at the St George’s car park building (fees may apply). It is preferable that your support person park the car as close to Milford Chambers as possible when he / she collects you, as you may be slightly unsteady on your feet and may not feel like walking a long distance back to the car. The open parking spaces between Milford Chambers and the car park building is the best place to park the car when picking you up after surgery.
Visitor support facilities:
Your support person will be given an approximate time for the length of your surgery. They can choose to go away or if they prefer to stay, we are happy to make them a warm drink.
We are a non-smoking facility.
There are toilets in the foyer in Milford Chambers.
All staff members are certified in basic life support. In the event of an emergency, please follow the direction of our staff; they know what to do to ensure everyone’s safety.
At time of discharge, our nurses will go over all your medications and postoperative needs. This will be discussed in front of your support person as the nature of the drugs you have been given in surgery may mean that any information we may give you, you may well forget. At time of discharge we will check that you are comfortable, have ceased bleeding, your valuables returned, medication has been given and explained and that your lure has been removed.
Payment is required at time of treatment. We accept Cash, EFTPOS, Visa/MasterCard.
If you have medical insurance a copy of your prior approval must be forward to Mr Lim's receptionist prior to surgery, if no prior approval is received you will need to pay for your surgery and seek reimbursement from your insurance company.