Your operation will be planned carefully. Before surgery, you’ll have a clinic appointment to check your general health and make sure you are fit enough to have the operation. You will have blood tests and may have a chest x-ray or a test to check your heart.
You may see the surgeon and anaesthetist who will be looking after you. Make sure you ask questions about the operation. It is important that you understand what is involved before you agree to have it. You need to sign a consent form agreeing to have the operation.
You will be asked not to eat or drink anything for a few hours before the operation. On the day of surgery, the nurses will help you get ready. You may need to have a shower or bath and to shave your body hair in the area being operated on. The nurse may give you a pair of special stockings to wear during and after the surgery. This is to help prevent blood clots in your legs.