Preparing for your Day Surgery
Throughout your stay from check-in to discharge, each customer will be treated with the utmost care and respect. This guide will give you an idea how to prepare for your day surgery and what to expect during your stay with us.
1. At your Doctor's Clinic
Your surgeon will arrange the date and time of your check-in for surgery. Once the date of your surgery is confirmed, he/ she will explain the procedure and complete the Surgery Consent form with you, and instruct you on the fasting period prior to the surgery.
Every customer is obligated to complete a Pre-Check-In Form at your doctor’s clinic. This will enable The Central Surgery (TCS) to contact you and prepare for your scheduled surgery.
2. Pre-Check In
Our nurses will call you one business day before the surgery to confirm your personal details and medical history. Information that has been provided to your doctor might be asked again as a precautionary safety measure.
During the phone call: Your medical history will be reviewed
- The details of your surgery, including time and procedure type will be reconfirmed
- We will advise you on how to reach The Central Surgery (TCS)
- We will discuss with you upon your discharge arrangement, including a companion to accompany you (particularly if your procedure requires sedation or general anaesthetic)
You are more than welcome to ask any questions regarding your surgery in the call. For other concerns that you forget to ask, you may inquire via:
- Your doctor/clinic
- Telephone at 2285 1900 (8AM – 4:30PM)
- Whatsapp at 5114 4685 (8AM – 4:30PM)
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rest assured that you will still have the chance to talk to your doctor on the day of surgery for any questions.
3. Preparing for your surgery
Please get yourself ready for all documents applicable to your surgery, including:
- Your identity documents (HKID or Passport)
- Original copy of the Surgery Consent form
- Your regular medications
- E.g. asthma puffer, insulin, blood pressure medications, etc.
- Relevant x-rays, scans or test results
Your doctor should have informed you of the fasting period prior to the surgery, which means nothing to eat or drink (including water) prior to your operation unless special instructions are given. Otherwise, please do not:
- Eat or drink anything after midnight (for morning surgery)
- Eat or drink anything after 7am (for afternoon surgery)
- A light breakfast before 7am is acceptable (e.g. tea and toast)
- Smoke cigarettes or chew gum
It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions on fasting, particularly if your surgery is under sedation or general anaesthetic. If fasting instructions are not followed properly, it can be unsafe for your surgery to proceed and we may have to reschedule the surgery in case of any danger.
In addition, we also advise you the following:
- Do not wear contact lenses
- Do not wear jewellery if possible (a ring and watch are acceptable)
- Do not wear makeup or nail polish
- Do not bring valuables, including large amount of cash
- A small locker is available for storing your belongings
- The Central Surgery accepts no liability for items of value and cash brought into our premises
- Do shower on the day of surgery and put on clean clothes
- Do put on comfortable clothing that is easy to remove
4. Arriving at The Central Surgery
After checking in at the front desk, our staff will guide you to our private VIP room where you can get changed into a gown, sit and relax. Your companion may stay and keep you accompanied.
You will then meet your anaesthetist and discuss the anaesthetic to be used, be briefed about the common side effects from anaesthesia and what can be done to mitigate them. The anaesthetist will complete an Anaesthetic Consent Form with you and answer any questions you may have.
Your doctor will come to see you before you enter the operating theatre to mark the operative site on your body using a marker pen: arrows or crosses may be drawn to indicate where the surgery will be.
5. A Note on Timing
While we strive to ensure surgeries run on schedule, there may be occasional delay caused by changes at a moment's notice. For instance, the surgery prior to yours is delayed due to circumstances beyond our control, it may eventually impact your surgery start time. In any case, our staff will perform their best to keep you informed of the situation.
Your companion is welcome to wait at TCS, or we recommend them to visit the café and restaurants in and around the building where they can wait in comfort. All companions will be informed of an estimated surgery time, and will receive a call half an hour before your discharge.
6. After the Surgery
After your surgery is completed, you will be moved to the Recovery Area where you will recover from the anaesthesia or sedation during the surgery.
It is normal to experience some post-surgery syndromes, for example feeling disoriented, and find it difficult to focus on what people are saying. The disorientation will dissipate gradually. A nurse backed up by the anaesthetist will closely monitor your recovery.
Once you are awake, you will be given something to eat and drink. Our staff will continue to look after you until you are ready to go home.
7. When you Leave
Your doctor or anaesthetist may prescribe some medications for you to take home.
Before you leave with your companion, you will be provided with the ‘Day Surgery Discharge Information’ brochure on how to look after yourself at home.
If you are not sent to home by your companion, we recommend you to travel home by taxi – there is a taxi rank conveniently located at the main entrance of our building. Please be reminded that you should not drive yourself home.