SWLEOC works in accordance with the national waiting list target guidelines. Once your GP has referred you to the SWLEOC, you will can expect to wait up to 18 weeks for a routine operation.
When I had surgery previously, I was sick afterwards. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
You need to talk to your anaesthetist just before your surgery. There are various ways in which your anaesthetic can be changed to reduce your chance of suffering sickness.
Why does Pre-Assessment take so long?
Pre-Assessment takes one to two hours. This may seem a long time, but many things are happening during that time, such as a thorough check by the Advanced Nurses to ensure that you are fit for your surgery. These checks include taking a medical history, a blood and urine test, X-ray, heart rhythm trace, and considering any particular needs you are likely to have when you are discharged after your operation. We start as we mean to go on, by being thorough and educating you so that you take an active part in your recovery from the beginning of our partnership.
How long do I have to wait after my operation before I can drive or fly?
This can vary depending on the patient and the procedure, but on average you should be able to drive after 6 weeks and fly after 3 months.
Can I eat on the day that I come for my Pre-Assessment?
You must eat on the morning that you come in for Pre-Assessment, and bring a healthy snack with you. (We provide water and tea and coffee are available.) This is not to be confused with coming in for surgery, when you must not eat on the day of your operation. The Pre-theatre staff will give you more specific advice when they phone you on the day before your surgery.
What time do I come in for my operation?
You come in to SWLEOC on the day of your operation. 24 to 48 hours before your planned surgery date, a member of the pre-theatre team will call you between 3pm and 6pm to go through your admission details. These details can be found in the Patient Information Pack, which you are given prior your Pre-Assessment.
Will I hear anything during the operation?
No. Your anaesthetist ensures you don’t (unless you want to do so!)
When will I be going home after my operation?
Patients are set a number of goals to ensure they are fit and safe to be discharged. Most patients go home three to five days after their operation. You will be ready to go home when our Physiotherapy Team assesses you as being able to walk safely using an appropriate walking aid, manage the stairs, if needed, and you are managing your personal care independently. The Nursing and Medical staff ensure that you are fit for discharge.
What happens about my wound when I go home?
Provided that your wound is healing well and is not red and oozing, it is best left alone. We will give you a couple of spare dressings, in case you need them. We will help you make an appointment to see the nurse at your GP Surgery 10 to 14 days after your operation, so that any stitches or clips can be removed and your wound can be checked.
Will I have Physiotherapy after discharge?
Some patients do require on-going physiotherapy support after their discharge. If it is required, we will organise this for you on an outpatient basis in your area. Some patients who have done very well post operatively just need a home exercise programme, set by our Physio team.