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Dr Philip Cumpston

M.B.B.S. (SYD), F.A.N.Z.C.A., F.C.I.C.M., F.F.A.C.E.M.

Visiting Senior Specialist Anaesthetist

Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland

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  •     Get a little fitter. Regular walks will work wonders.

     •     Stop smoking. Ideally, stop six weeks before surgery. Smoking interferes with oxygen transport to the tissues, and hence wound healing.

     •     Minimise alcohol consumption.

     •     Continue to take any drugs which have been prescribed, but remember to let your anaesthetist and surgeon know what they are.

     •     If you are taking aspirin, drugs for arthritis or blood thinning drugs, consult your surgeon or anaesthetist    about whether you should stop taking them prior to surgery.

     •     If you are taking drugs to regulate your blood sugar, contact your anaesthetist to seek advice.

                                        These are not normally taken on the day of surgery.

     •     If you are having a catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation, or implantation of a Watchman Device, see the page advising how best to proceed.

     •     If you have any kind of health problem tell your anaesthetist and surgeon so they are fully informed.

     •     If you are concerned about your anaesthetic, contact me before admission to hospital and get the answers you need.

     •     Stop taking herbal products at least two to three weeks prior to surgery. Some herbal extracts contain powerful drugs that can interact with other drugs prescribed by your doctor.

     •     Let me know if you use recreational drugs as these may interact with the anaesthetic.

     •     Tell the anaesthetist if you object to blood transfusions.

What you can do to make the experience safer: