Safety & Common Sense

In order to gain the best and safest result, an optimal state of health is essential.

Before surgery

  • Two weeks prior to surgery, stop taking any drugs that make you more likely to bleed or bruise. These include Warfarin, Clavix, Aspirin, Disprin, Nurofen or similar drugs such as Vioxx, Feldene, Voltaren.  Discuss with your surgeon.
  • Stop all vitamins and herbal supplements.
  • Stop the Pill to reduce the risk of developing a thrombosis or DVT.
  • Stop smoking at least 4 weeks before surgery. Don’t drink alcohol two days before surgery.

After surgery

  • Do not drive yourself home on the day of the operation
  • Do not make important decisions within 24 hours of an anaesthetic
  • Allow adequate time off work to rest and recover from surgery
  • If you live alone, try to have an adult stay with you for the first few days
  • Follow your surgeon’s advice about when it’s safe to resume physical activity
  • Consult your surgeon before recommencing any drugs, vitamins or supplements

Surgical risks

  • Any operation, however minor, carries a degree of surgical and anaesthetic risk, including death.
  • General surgical risks include
    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Poor healing or wound breakdown
    • Thickened scar or keloid
    • Blood clots
    • Allergic reaction to drugs
    • Temporary, and very rarely permanent, numbness at the site operated on.

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