Q | before the operation
A | Before your operation you will be asked to sign a consent form. This confirms that you understand the risks, benefits and possible alternatives to the procedure and have given your permission for it to go ahead.
You may be asked to attend for a pre-assessment appointment where you will have blood tests, chest X-ray and ECG depending on your general health and any pre-existing medical conditions (older patients). Please bring any medications with you to this appointment and you will be told if any of them need to be stopped prior to surgery. Make sure you alert the staff if you take warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel or any other blood-thinning medications.
You will be asked to come into Springfield Hospital on the morning of the operation. You should be "Nil By Mouth" for a certain time prior to admission. Please check when you can eat and drink before the operation as your procedure may be cancelled on the day if you have had anything to eat or drink at the wrong time.
The anaesthetist will see you in your room to go through any questions before surgery. You will be asked to sign a consent form, which explains the risks and benefits of the hydrocele repair procedure.