Instructions before your Surgery

  • A number of surgical procedures can be carried out as a day-case. For those procedures you must be admitted in the FV Hospital Day Ward (second floor of the F building) from 7:00am or at least 2 hours before your procedure.
  • For all procedures requiring a hospitalization you must be admitted:
    • Between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm on the day before if your procedure is scheduled during the morning. You will be visited by one of our anaesthesiologists on the evening prior to your surgery
    • Between 7:00 am and 9:00 am on the same day if your procedure is scheduled during the afternoon. One of our anaesthesiologists will visit you on the morning before your surgery
  • You must not eat or chew gum or drink milk or fruit juice with pulp before 6 hours, and do not drink clear water, tea, coffee with or without sugar for 2 hours before your surgery. You must not smoke or drink alcohol for 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • You may brush your teeth in this time, but do not swallow the water
  • Do not wear make-up before coming to the hospital
  • If you have long hair, tie it back
  • Wear your glasses instead of contact lenses
  • Remove all jewellery including all body piercing. Plain wedding ring is permitted
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Do not wear high heels, sandals or flip-flops; wear instead sneakers or comfortable tie shoes
  • Try to pass urine just before going into surgery
  • If you have a day-case surgery under general anaesthesia you must arrange for an adult to take you back home because you may be drowsy following the surgery and should not drive an automobile for 24 hours afterwards (or operate heavy machinery)
  • A parent or legal guardian must accompany minor patients
  • If you develop an illness such as a cold, sore throat, cough, upset stomach, diarrhoea or fever please notify your doctor or the anaesthesiologist, your procedure may need to be rescheduled


  • Do not take aspirin or any drug containing aspirin for seven days prior to your surgery; avoid anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil or Ibuprofen for 24 hours prior to surgery
  • Stop any over the counter supplements, vitamin E and herbal medicines 1 to 2 weeks before surgery (current research indicates that vitamin E and some herbs inhibit clotting)
  • If you regularly take medications prescribed by your doctor (for example for diabetes, high blood pressure or other conditions), please inform the anaesthesiologist during the pre-surgery consultation. These medications are often to be taken as prescribed but, during the 6 hours prior to your procedure, only with a small sip of water
  • Once you have taken your pre-surgery medication, do not get up without assistance – you may be drowsy and risk injuring yourself
  • We aim to prevent infection after surgery by prioritising hygiene. We ask you to take a shower on the day of your operation with a special antiseptic soap that we will provide.
  • Shower technique: use your hands to lather the soap and concentrate on areas such as the elbows, underarms, knees and feet.  Rinse well and dry yourself well with a clean towel. You do not need to wash your hair if it is clean, unless you are having neck or head surgery. After your last shower, put on a clean hospital gown and lie in a clean bed.
  • If you require shaving, this will be done in the ward just before your surgery by one of our nursing staff.

It is preferable not to bring any valuable at the hospital. If you bring any, your nurse will be happy to assist you in securing them in the ward safe. FV Hospital cannot take responsibility for items not locked in the ward safe.


Your nurse will be able to give you an approximate time of surgery. To properly prepare you for the operation you will be conveyed to the operating room about 30 to 45 minutes before the scheduled time


You have the right to expect appropriate pain control after your surgery. We may not be able to eliminate your pain, but we can lower it to a tolerable level. Do not hesitate to call your nurse or to ask for your doctor should you feel pain after your procedure