STATION 2: IMMEDIATELY BEFORE SURGERY
On arrival, you will go through some general administrative processes. Various questions may be repeated to ensure that the information about you is correct and up-to-date. Further questions that you still have can also be answered at this point.1
Prior to the surgery, you will change into a hospital gown and the details of the procedure will be explained. You will be asked to sign a consent form to indicate that you understand the need for surgery as well as the risks, benefits and possible alternative treatments.1
An intravenous (IV) line may be placed at this point for the provision of fluids, nourishment and medicine. This may include pre-emptive analgesic, which can help to reduce the physiological consequences of the procedure and ultimately reduce pain in the immediate post-operative period.2
1 National Health Service (NHS). Having an operation – The day of surgery. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/surgery/Pages/the-day-of-the-operation.aspx. Accessed 8 September 2015. 2 Dahl JB and Møiniche S. Brit Med Bull. 2004; 71: 13-27.