What happens before surgery?

If you smoke, try to give up or cut down before your operation. This will help reduce your risk of getting chest problems such as an infection. It will also help your wound heal after the operation. Your GP can help you if you want to give up smoking.

You’ll usually be admitted to hospital on the day of your operation. Sometimes, you may be admitted the day before. Your doctor or nurse will tell you when you need to arrive at hospital.

A member of the surgical team will discuss the operation with you. You’ll also meet the doctor who will give you the anaesthetic (the anaesthetist). You’ll be given special elastic stockings called TED stockings to wear during and after the operation. This is to prevent blood clots forming in your legs.

It’s a good idea to talk to your nurse or doctor about any questions or concerns that you have about the operation.

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Who might I meet?

A team of specialists will plan your surgery. This will include a surgeon who specialises in your type of cancer.