General Surgeon, Darwin

 

Preparing for Surgery

Once you and Dr Treacy decide that surgery will help you, you’ll need to learn what preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.

Working with Your Doctor

  • Before surgery, Dr Treacy will ensure you do not have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or its outcome. Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, are usually performed one to two weeks before the surgery.
  • If you are taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications or other blood thinning tablets you should notify Dr Treacy. In some cases it will be necessary to stop taking them two week before surgery to minimize bleeding.
  • Discuss any medications you are taking with Dr Treacy and your General Practitioner to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery.
  • Dr Treacy will arrange a pre-operative assessment by the Anaesthetist. This must have been undertaken no later than one week prior to surgery..
  • If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery.
  • Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems addressed before surgery to reduce the risk of infection later.
  • Report any infections to your doctor. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up.

Home Planning

  • Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry.
  • Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won’t have to reach and bend as often.
  • Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid falls.
  • Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, a firm back and two arms.
  • Preparing for Procedure
  • If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:
  • Have someone available to take you home, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours.
  • Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home.
  • The combination of anaesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours.
  • If you had surgery on an extremity (arm, hand, leg, knee, foot), keep that extremity elevated and use ice as directed. This will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain.

Presentation to Hospital

Morning Surgery

  • Please arrive at 7:00 am on the day of your surgery, and present to the Main Front Desk, ground floor of the Darwin Private Hospital. You will be admitted to either the Day Surgery Unit or Jacana Ward.
  • You need to fast from FOOD from midnight the day prior, but you may drink WATER up until 6 am on the morning of your procedure.
  • You will need to see the Anaesthetist prior to surgery (please phone their rooms for an appointment). Please check with the Anaesthetist regarding the need to take your regular medication.
  • Please complete your admission and consent forms are completed PRIOR to admission. They can be taken to the Main Front Desk, ground floor of Darwin Private Hospital, to confirm your booking to the hospital.
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Day Surgery patients should not drive a car on the day of their surgery or go home unaccompanied. Please arrange a suitable adult to pick you up and take you home after your discharge from hospital.
  • Please make a post operative appointment with my Secretary as soon as possible if one has not already been made for you.  This is to discuss your surgery results and plan ongoing management.

 

Afternoon Surgery

  • PLEASE ARRIVE at 12:00 noon on the day of your surgery, and present to the Main Front Desk, ground floor of the Darwin Private Hospital. You will be admitted to either the Day Surgery Unit /Jacana Ward.
  • You need to fast from FOOD from 7:00 am, but you may drink WATER up until 11:00 am on the morning of your procedure.
  • You will need to see the Anaesthetist prior to surgery (please phone their rooms for an appointment). Please check with the Anaesthetist regarding the need to take your regular medication.
  • Please complete your admission and consent forms are completed prior to admission. They can be taken to the Main Front Desk, ground floor of Darwin Private Hospital, to confirm your booking to the hospital.
  • OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Day Surgery patients should not drive a car on the day of their surgery or go home unaccompanied. Please arrange a suitable adult to pick you up and take you home after your discharge from hospital.
  • Please make a post operative appointment with my Secretary as soon as possible if one has not already been made for you.  This is to discuss your surgery results and plan ongoing management.

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