Undergoing surgery can be a challenging and unfamiliar experience for many patients.

For the best recovery, it’s important that you are as mentally and physically prepared as possible.


When you are anaesthetised some of your protective reflexes will not work. Should this happen when your level of consciousness is decreased, you cannot protect your airway. This is known as aspiration.

It is imperative that no food or liquids (including water) be consumed for six hours prior to the appointment.

Meeting Your Anaesthetist

Before undergoing surgery, you will meet your anaesthetist shortly before you enter the operating room. Your anaesthetist will talk to you about the type of anaesthetic they will use and about any specific problems or concerns you have.

Overall Health

You should be as healthy as possible before undergoing any anaesthetic or surgery. If you are feeling unwell please tell your anaesthetist.

Surgery Checklist

  • No food or liquids (including water) for six hours prior to the surgery.
  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the hospital, and drive the patient home.
  • The patient is not to drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following general anaesthesia.
  • Wear comfortable clothing to the hospital.
  • Contact lenses, jewellery, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with your doctor prior to your surgical date for instructions.

For more information on what to do before surgery, or to ask a question, contact our friendly practice staff.