Before and After Your Operation
Once you and your doctor have decided on surgery, you need to know what is expected prior to and after the surgery. Mental and physical preparation for the surgery helps you to get the best results from the surgery. Our goal is to ensure that your procedure goes safely and you understand your role before and after the procedure.
Before the surgery
- You will be advised to fast at least 6 hours prior to the surgery. The hospital will inform you regarding fasting based on your operation schedule. If you are admitted to the hospital on the previous day of the surgery you will be instructed on fasting by the hospital staff.
- You should notify the doctor if you are diabetic so that your surgery can be conducted as early as possible. It is advisable to take your diabetes medications normally and take only half the amount of insulin when you are fasting. In addition your blood sugar will also be monitored on admission to the hospital.
- You will be instructed regarding stopping certain medications prior to surgery such as aspirin, Plavix, warfarin, and Vitamin E.
- Please bring your CT scan and ultrasound scan reports as they are very helpful resources for our doctors prior to surgery.
- Urine testing may be performed to rule out any chance of infection before surgery. Based on the urine test results your surgery can be scheduled.
After the surgery
After the procedure your doctor will see you before discharge and you will be given other follow up instructions prior to leaving the hospital. You may have some problems or concerns after you have been discharged, some of them are:
- After any procedures which involve insertion of the telescope into the bladder it is very normal to have blood in the urine.
- Following the removal of the kidney stone, there may be bleeding in the ureter that will stop gradually. If a stent is placed then bleeding stops only after the stent is removed.
- In cases of stent placement you may tend to urinate frequently and may also have urgency as well as pain while passing urine. This can be overcome with painkillers.
These problems and any others can be discussed with your doctor by contacting our office at 02 4732 5599.