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Preparing for surgery

Whether you are booked in for minor day surgery or for a major operation such as joint replacement surgery there are a number of ways in which you can prepare for surgery. 

Prior to your admission

Prior to your admission to hospital it is important to think about what your needs may be upon discharge home from hospital.

Equipment needs

You may need to arrange your home so that you have the necessary aids and equipment required for your safety and independence at home, for example shower stool, long handle aids etc.  At the pre admission for major surgery you will be assessed by a physiotherapist and occupational therapist to assist with any aids needed.


You may need to buy necessary provisions for your discharge home such as groceries. 


Asking family or friends for assistance upon your discharge may be appropriate to ensure you are comfortable at home.


Find out from Dr Prodger which medications you should cease and which medications you are able to continue to take.  Please advise Dr Prodger if you are taking Aspirin, Warfarin or fish oil and these usually need to be stopped prior to your operation at least ten days before.

Skin care

It is very important when having surgery that you do not have any cuts, scratches, abrasions, pimples or boils anywhere on the body.  It is suggested to avoid any gardening and if possible wear long pants (if you are having lower limb surgery) for the week leading up to your operation.

Health and Wellbeing

If you have any sign of a cold or any other illness please contact Dr Prodger’s rooms or your anaesthetist to discuss.

Dental work

If you need any dental work done close to your admission please contact Dr Prodger for further advice.

The day before your admission

The day prior to your admission it is important to contact the hospital to find out your admission and fasting time.

The day of your admission

On the day of your admission shower or bath as usual and use a clean towel to dry off for infection control purposes.  Do not use any deodorants, creams, lotions, makeup, nail polish or jewellery (a wedding ring may be worn). 

If you are having joint replacement surgery you will be given an antiseptic sponge to use the day before surgery.

Day surgery patients should arrange for their support person to drop them off and pick them up after surgery, as you are unable to drive for 24 hours after an anaesthetic.  It is recommended that someone stay with you for the first night.  If this is not possible you could ask a support person to call you that night and in the morning to check on you.