The doctor will ask you questions about your health and medication. It is important that you inform the doctor about:

  1. All medical problems: Asthma, Diabetes, High blood pressure, Heart problems, Heart attacks, Strokes, Epilepsy
  2. Any allergies especially to: Antibiotics, Iodine, Elastoplast, Aspirin
  3. All drugs you are taking especially: Warfarin (or other blood thinning drugs), The contraceptive pill, Aspirin, Diuretics (water tablets)


  • In nearly all cases these operations are performed under a general (full) anaesthetic (you will be asleep). It is important therefore to have nothing to eat or drink for at least 6 hours before the operation.
  • As you will have had a general anaesthetic you cannot drive home after the operation and must make arrangements for an adult to be with you for the rest of the day.


  • On the morning of the operation the doctor will see you, explain the operation to you again and confirm your consent for the operation. This is your chance to ask last -minute questions. An anaesthetist, who will explain how you will be sent to sleep for the operation, will also see you.
  • When it is time for your operation you will be wheeled through to a room next to the operating room (the anaesthetic room) when you will be sent to sleep before being taken through to the operating room.


  • You will wake up in the “recovery room” where a nurse will check on you until you are fully awake. You may eat and drink when you feel able.
  • The doctor will explain the operation and results to you but most people find that they do not remember this and it has to be repeated in the clinic.
  • You can go home when you are awake and comfortable.