Pre-operative Information - The last 24 hrs before surgery

What does the process of getting to surgery involve?

We take significant consideration and a great deal of planning before we proceed to surgery. Although it may seem to you that the process is straightforward and fast, as a matter of fact there is a considerable amount of work behind the scenes for you by your surgeon and his team in collaboration with the anesthetist and the hospital staff in order to give you the best outcome in a timely fashion.

An outline of the process:

First of all you need a referral from your local medical officer, or the doctor in the emergency department if you had an accident. According to the law we are not allowed to review you unless you have a proper referral letter.

Once you make an appointment our staff in the clinic will gather all available medical information regarding your medical condition and create a file with your unique identifying number. In certain conditions we communicate with the doctor who referred you even before you see us in our clinic.  Your information will be kept confidential.

Once we review you in the clinic we will discuss your medical history and we will perform proper examination accordingly then we review your imaging with you. If you do not have the appropriate imaging then we could refer you to a close-by radiology department, which is located in the same building.

After we discuss your medical condition we will give you proper advice. It is our practice that we often dictate a letter to your local medical officer and/or any other referring doctor while you are in the room so you can hear the information again, since we believe that often the information you receive is too much to be absorbed the first time. We also believe from previous experience, that this procedure will give you more time to think of any other questions.

Once the consultation is finished you will either be advised to make another appointment for further follow-up (if needed) or if surgery is to be planned then one of our staff members will meet you in their office to discuss further details and give you further information.

After you leave we communicate with your local medical officer via mail or phone to discuss your matter and if surgery is planned then we contact the appropriate hospital for you to make the booking arrangements. We also contact the most suitable anesthetist for your condition and discuss your matter with them to get further advice. Then we relay to you or your local medical officer with any further recommendations.

If surgery is planned then it is likely that we will ask you to make another visit to our clinic so we can answer any further questions you may have, discuss the operation in more detail and for you to sign any necessary consent forms. If you are unable to attend the clinic, a phone conversation may be sufficient.

You are to keep all your Imaging films and bring them with you to the hospital on the day of surgery.