The day of the operation

Your admission will either be on the morning of the operation or the day before, depending on the hospital’s protocol. The surgeon or registrar will see you prior to going into theatre to make sure you are happy and you will have to sign a consent form.

The anaesthetist will come to discuss the general anaesthetic and pain relief for after the operation. You will be given the choice of an epidural infusion, this is a needle which goes in the bottom of the back, administered in the anaesthetic room or a patient controlled analgesia (PCA) is a hand held device, which is usually morphine, both for pain relief, which you will have for the first few days, to make you comfortable.

Remember, you must tell the doctors of any allergies.