What happens before surgery?

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

You will usually go to a pre-assessment clinic a few days or weeks before the operation. You will have tests to check you are fit for surgery, such as blood tests and an echocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart.

A member of the surgical team and a specialist nurse will explain the operation to you. Make sure you discuss any questions or concerns that you have about the operation with them.

You will also see the doctor who will give you your anaesthetic (the anaesthetist). They will talk to you about the anaesthetic and explain how your pain will be controlled after the operation.

You will 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.

You will be given elastic stockings (TED stockings) to wear during and after the operation. These prevent blood clots forming in your legs.

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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.