|BEFORE YOU PROCEDURE|
EATING AND DRINKING
- Do not eat 6 hours before the procedure
- you can drink ( including tea or coffee with a drop of milk) up to 2 hours before your procedure
- Take all your normal medication ( including pain-killers) on the day of the procedure. You can take the medication with a small amount of water.
- If you are on any medication to thin your blood you will be given specific advice of when to stop these. This will depend on your procedure.
WHAT HAPPENS ON COMING TO HOSPITAL
Most procedures are carried out in an operating theatre. This reduces the risk of infection and allows you to have sedation during the procedure.
On admission to the hospital, a nurse will take down some details about your medical history. You will then be seen by Dr Bhadresha who will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure. He will also take a written consent at this stage. Once theatre are ready, you wll be taken there and the procedure will begin. Sedation is normally administered through a small vein in the back of your hand. This will have the effect of making you feel very relaxed whilst the procedure is being done. It is not a General Anaesthetic so you will still be awake-just very relaxed.
Once the procedure is finished, you will be taken to recovery and then back to the ward area.
You should be able to go home after about an hour.
You will need somebody to drive you home and you should not drive until the next morning.