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General Surgery

Going Into Hospital

For many women visiting a hospital is a new experience and can be worrying. The information below is a non-clinical guide to women visiting hospital for breast surgery procedures.

Pre-admission procedures

Generally, a pre-operative testing is recommended depending on your age and health status, which must be completed at least one week before surgery. Depending on your medical conditions, you will be requested to get a written release from your family or referring physician. This is to prevent any post-operative complications.

  • Hospital admission & Before surgery:
  • Plan to arrive 2 hours before the scheduled surgery time.
  • Leave all valuables including piercings, jewelry, money, and credit cards at home.
  • Home medication kit: This includes your regular medications. Take these medications if advised by your breast surgeon.
  • Clothing includes
    • Bra: Your normal bra may not fit after surgery because of associated post-operative swelling. So make sure you bring soft and supportive bras to wear after surgery.
    • Choose loose and comfortable nightwear that is simple to put on and allows your nurse to check the wound and change the dressings regularly.
  • You will be asked to sign the informed consent document.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before surgery.
  • You will meet the anesthesiologist to discuss the type of anesthesia to be administered, either local or general anesthesia.

Post-surgery

You will be moved to recovery room after surgery and will be closely monitored by the recovery room nurse. Follow the post-surgical instructions as dictated by your breast surgeon for a quick and safe recovery.

Discharge to home

The length of your hospital stay will depend on the type of surgery you have undergone. Your surgeon will talk to you about the amount of time you can expect to stay in hospital.

You will need someone to drive you home if you are discharged within 24 hours as the anesthesia may make you feel dizzy and sleepy.