Surgery can be scary, but you shouldn't be afraid to ask questions. You can read about the types of surgery on this site, but you will probably find that a discussion with your doctor will provide you with more specific information relating to the exact surgery you will be having.
What are the risks associated with this surgery?
Before you have any surgery, you will be able to discuss the procedure and any associated risks with your doctor. For most patients, the benefits of surgery far outweigh the risks.
Will I have to stay in hospital and for how long?
When arranging your surgery, your doctor will be able to tell you if you need to make arrangements to stay in the hospital overnight. You can then plan accordingly.
How long will the surgery take?
You doctor will be able to give you an idea of how long the operation will take and the details of the surgery.
Will I feel anything?
You will be given an anaesthetic so that you don't feel anything, but your doctor will decide if a general or local anaesthetic is most appropriate. If it is a general anaesthetic you will be put to sleep and you will not be aware of the surgery/procedure taking place. If you are having a local anaesthetic you will be awake during the procedure, but you should not be able to feel the operation as the area being operated on will be numb.
Will I have to take any extra medicines following surgery?
You may need to take medicines after your surgery that are different from those you've previously taken. You could take along the questions on the medicines list so that you can check how much to take, how often, and if there are any associated side effects.
How long before I start to feel better?
Usually, recovery from an operation has two phases. Initially, you will feel a lot better very quickly. But, it will then take a bit longer before you fully recover and notice the benefits of your surgery. Your doctor may be able to give you an idea of how long it will take to recover from your operation.
Will I have to make any lifestyle changes?
Following your surgery you may not be able to go back to your normal diet and physical activity, straight away. Your doctor, nurse or dietician will be able to advise you on what you can do, what you should try to avoid doing and any modifications you should make to your daily routine.