What medications can I take before my surgery?
Most regular medication should be taken right up until your surgery. It is okay to have your morning medication on the day of surgery with a sip of water.
Warfarin, Pradaxa, Iscover (clopidogrel), Insulin
If you take any of these you must notify my office immediately contact us
Oral diabetic medication (Metformin, Diabex, Glibenclamide)
Please do not take these on the morning of surgery.
Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medication
Your surgeon will advise whether to stop this.
When can I eat and drink before surgery?
Fasting before surgery is important to minimise the chance of acidic fluid from your stomach going into your lungs, which can then develop into life threatening pneumonia.
For morning surgery, please do not eat anything from midnight the night before, but you may drink water, or clear fluid such as Dex* throughout the night up until 6:00am.
For afternoon surgery, finish breakfast by 7:00am then you may drink water, or clear fluid such as Dex* until 10:00am.
It is important to adhere to the above guidelines. If you have not done so please notify your anaesthetist on the day of your surgery.
What is Anaesthesia?
Anaesthesia is derived from the Greek meaning “without sensation”. It results in the absence of pain to all or part of your body.
You are put into a state of controlled unconsciousness for the duration of the operation. While you remain unaware of what is happening around you the anaesthetist monitors your condition closely and constantly adjusts the level of anaesthesia to ensure it is a reversible state of unconsciousness.
Drugs are administered to make you feel relaxed and drowsy. You may be aware of your surroundings.
Local anaesthesia is used to block nerves that supply the part of the body where the surgeon will operate – this part of the body is numb. An example is an “eye block” for cataract surgery or an epidural for labour pain.
Local anaesthetic is injected into the skin at the site of surgery to cause numbness in a small area.
What are the risks of anaesthesia?
Australia is the safest place in the world to have an anaesthetic.
However complications still occur and you should ask your anaesthetist on the day of surgery if you have specific concerns.
None of the drugs we administer to the body are perfect and all have side effects.
The following may occur
Nausea and vomiting
A black or red eye if you are having an eye block
Swelling of the face and eyelids if you are face down
Pain on injection when going to sleep
Infection or injury at the site of injection
Temporary nerve damage – numbness, pain or loss of movement in a limb
Muscle and joint pain
Damage to teeth, lips or tongue, skin or eyes
Rare but very serious reactions include:
Awareness during surgery
Heart attack, blindness, stroke or brain damage
Allergic reaction to one of the drugs
Kidney or liver failure
Permanent nerve damage or paralysis
Damage to voice box that may result in permanent voice changes
Infection from a blood transfusion
Anaesthesia may affect your judgement for 24 hours so do not drive or sign any legal documents during this time.