Patient Information for Surgery

Below you will find some key information to help you prepare for surgery and make necessary arrangements to ensure you have the support you need and that everything runs smoothly on the day. Please contact us if you have questions and one of our nursing team will be able to help. 

Please note that these are general guidelines for our surgical patients, but you will be given any specific instructions relating to your specific case by your surgeon and nursing team before your operation. 

 

 

BEFORE YOUR SURGERY

 

DAY OF YOUR SURGERY

Privacy

Before and after your procedure at the Cadogan Clinic you will be cared for by your Consultants and our nursing team in our shared Ambulatory Care room.

The Ambulatory Care area of the unit is open plan with individual bed areas screened off ensuring your privacy and confidentiality at all times.  If you would like to discuss your treatment with your Consultant this will be arranged in a room at any time, Please just make the nurse caring for you aware. 

Visitors & Escorts

Once you have been admitted to the unit by your nurse, any relatives, friends or escorts will not normally be allowed to remain with you during your stay; however they may briefly come into the Ambulatory Care area to check that you are settled in.

This is at the discretion of the Ambulatory Care lead Nurse as they will have to balance your visitors’ wishes with the needs of the other patients present.

Length of Stay

As a day case procedure, you will be discharged on the same day as your surgery. It is likely to be 1-4 hours following your procedure, however this can vary depending on how you feel and when your consultant is satisfied you are comfortable enough to return home.

Your admitting nurse will provide your relatives or escort an estimation of the time you will be ready to go home to allow them to plan your transportation needs.

Day Case Surgery

The Cadogan Clinic offer day case clinic procedures meaning that you to go home on the same day of your surgery, allowing you to rest and recuperate in the comfort of own home.

There is no need for our patients to stay overnight due to the anaesthesia technique we use called TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia). This is a variant of general anaesthesia and is administered by our team of highly specialised anaesthetists.

TIVA allows our anaesthetists to monitor anaesthetic depth more closely and on specialised computers to maintain an optimal level of sleep. When they need to wake you up, it can be done quicker and with fewer side effects.

TIVA also reduces the risk of nausea and vomiting and won't give you that groggy, confused feeling that other anaesthesia's can. You will wake up feeling much better than with traditional alternatives and ready to go home in no time at all. 

Our nurses will help you feel as comfortable as possible during your stay at the clinic. They will let you know about any follow-up appointments and explain any post-operative instructions too. 

Preparations

When you arrive at the clinic a member of the reception staff will greet you and your personal details will be checked and confirmed.  You may spend a little time in the reception area before being admitted.  A nurse will meet and escort you to your allocated bed-space and will complete a checking/safety questionnaire.

You will be given a hospital identity bracelet with your name and details on it. If you are allergic to anything such as some food, types, medication or latex please tell your nurse and this bracelet will be made red.  We will weigh you; take your temperature and check your blood pressure.

You will be asked to wear a cotton procedure gown and in some cases disposable underwear. Please let the staff know if you are required to keep your head covered due to religious belief.

Only essential items will be allowed in the operating theatre and all jewellery, body piercings and contact lenses must be removed before entering the theatre. You may however keep your wedding ring on – this will be covered with tape. To ensure the safety of your belongings please ensure you leave the rest of your jewellery at home.

Hearing aids and dentures will be left in place.

Your anaesthetist and surgeon will explain your proposed procedure. If you are having an operation on a particular part of your body this may be marked with an arrow or other markings may be made by your Surgeon and when theatre is ready for you your Nurse will double check personal details before walking with you to the procedure room.  Many procedures require the surgeon to make more complicated skin markings which will be photographed in a separate room beforehand.

If you had a general anaesthetic you will initially be taken to the recovery area, where you will start to wake up.

Once you are more awake you will be taken back to the Ambulatory Unit where you will be able to relax and have something to eat and drink.

This recovery period varies from individual to individual and could take anything from one - four hours.

The Surgeon and Anaesthetist may visit you in the Ambulatory Unit to let you know how things went during your operation and to check how you are recovering.

Your Nurse will advise you when it is safe for you to leave, provide you with postoperative guidance and schedule your wound care follow up appointment (usually 1 week following surgery).


Being Discharged – Going Home

Following your surgery you may experience a degree of discomfort, your surgeon will provide you with pain relief or other medications to take home with you - your Nurse will explain these medications to you fully and go through all of your post procedure information to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable when home.

Before leaving the unit, the nurses will discuss any post operative instructions and care with you and provide you with appropriate advice leaflets.  It is beneficial for your responsible adult to be present at this point as they will be helping care for you during your recovery.  Your responsible adult must then accompany you home by car or taxi – public transport is not suitable.

 

AFTER SURGERY

 

Patient Comments and Questionnaire

We strive to offer the best possible care at the Cadogan Clinic. To help us to maintain and improve our level of care we will ask you to complete a questionnaire about your visit and treatment at the Clinic. We would be most grateful if you can take the time to complete this and provide honest feedback.

 

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