Welcome to Hunter Specialty Anaesthesia

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Welcome to Hunter Specialty Anaesthesia

Book a Consult with Dr Rothwell

Welcome to Hunter Specialty Anaesthesia

Book a Consult with Dr Rothwell

Your role in preparation for anaesthesia

On May 2nd 2017 by admin

Your role in preparation for anaesthesia

There are some things you can do which will make your anaesthesia safer and these include:

  • Get a little fitter – regular walks will work wonders.
  • Don’t smoke – ideally, you need to stop six weeks before surgery. However, stopping for even 24 hours can help. Your GP may be able to assist.
  • If you are overweight, make a serious attempt to reduce your weight before your procedure.
  • Minimise alcohol consumption.

What about my Medications?

Continue to take any medications which have been prescribed but remember to let your anaesthetist and surgeon know what they are.

If you are taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) or other blood thinning drugs, consult your surgeon or anaesthetist about whether you should stop taking them prior to surgery.

Discuss any herbal products you might be taking with your anaesthetist. It may be necessary to cease taking them two to three weeks prior to surgery.

What other things might my Anaesthetist want to know about?

If you have any kind of health problem or have had problems with previous anaesthesia, tell your anaesthetist and surgeon so that they are fully informed.

Inform your anaesthetist if you use ‘so-called’ recreational drugs as these may interact with the anaesthesia.

Inform your surgeon/anaesthetist if you have any issues with blood transfusions.

If you are concerned about your anaesthesia, make an appointment to see or talk with your anaesthetist before admission to hospital and get the answers you need.

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