PRE Operative Instructions
You must be fasted prior to your procedure - DO NOT EAT, DRINK (even water) or CHEW anything for at least 6 hours before your procedure. The hospital will ring you the day before your procedure to confirm your admission time.
Notify Dr Lim of any other medication that you are currently taking.
Do not take any medication that contains aspirin, or take anti-inflammatory or herbal medication for two weeks before your procedure. Aspirin thins the blood and this can result in unnecessary blood loss during your procedure.
Please stop smoking for four weeks before and four weeks after your procedure. Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and may delay healing.
Do not drink any alcohol for two days before and two days after the procedure as it can interfere with the anaesthetic you are given on the day.
Arnica tablets, available from the Health Food Store, are recommended to be taken for one week before and two weeks after your operation. Arnica may help reduce bruising.
Vitamin C is recommended to be taken two weeks before and after your operation. Vitamin C assists with healing, both of these may result in a reduced healing time.
Do not wear any nail polish, makeup or jewellery to the hospital and leave any valuables at home.
If you have a gastric band you will need to have a fluid diet the day before your surgery and fast for at least 8hrs on the day of your procedure.
It is recommended that you take/wear some loose comfortable clothing such as a tracksuit in a dark colour to the hospital with you. This will make any oozing of fluid less noticeable. It will also keep you comfortable as you may feel tender in places.
POST Operative Instructions
If you stay over night Dr Lim will normally visit you in hospital the morning after the procedure and staff will arrange for you to be discharged after this.
A general anaesthetic can take some days to recover from and if you are a little slow and not quite yourself for a few days this is probably quite normal, if you are concerned please do not hesitate to contact the rooms. You should not attempt to drive a car for at least two to three days.
Some oozing will range from light to quite heavy and may even be blood stained. If you are concerned please do not hesitate to contact the rooms.
You will have Band-Aids over the incision sites and these may become moist as fluid leaks out of the area. These may be changed as required depending on how moist they become.
Some bruising and swelling is normal and no cause for alarm. In some cases the swelling may take weeks to months to completely go down.
The support garment is intended to help reduce the bruising and especially the swelling. It should stay in place for the first 24 hours. You may then take it off while you shower, wash and dry it and put it straight back on.
The garment should then be worn night and day for at least the first three weeks. Then only during the night for three weeks after that. The garment must be worn for a total of six weeks.
You will be given oral pain relief to take home with you. If this does not control your pain please contact the rooms.
It is very important that the course of antibiotics you are prescribed is taken until all tablets are finished.
Dr Lim will see you for a check up one week after the procedure.
The nursing staff from Dr Lim’s rooms will contact you daily for the first few days after the operation.
Contact the rooms if any of the following develop;
- a temperature higher than 38°C or chills
- Heavy bleeding or drainage from the incisions
- Increasing pain
- Redness around the incisions which is spreading
Both Dr Lim and the nursing staff are available to you in the post operative period and indeed at any time during your recovery. Should you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact the rooms. If you have any concerns after hours please contact the hospital where you had your surgery and they will be able to contact Dr Lim as required.