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General information about your operation

Leading up to surgery, it's normal for the patient to feel apprehensive and overwhelmed.

The following information will give a better understanding of what to expect and will make sure you and your family can prepare thoroughly for your operation, so your experience is as stress-free as possible.


Before surgery, the patient may be required to stop taking any anticoagulation medication (blood thinners) such as aspirin, warfarin, Pradaxa, eddient or clopidogrel.

All other medications should be taken as per the directions until the day of your operation unless advised otherwise by Dr White.

You'll receive thorough instructions regarding all medication at the time of consultation. If you're taking or have recently taken a medication that you haven't discussed with your consultant, please mention it to Dr White prior to your surgery.


Admission for most patients is on the day of surgery.  Admission times will be confirmed by the hospital at least 24 hours before surgery.

You may be required to fast before your operation. Fasting times will be discussed with your surgeon in your consultation.

Patients having anorectal or colonic surgery, or any other anal procedure, may need some form of bowel preparation. This preparation might involve an enema on admission.

Patients having rectal surgery may require an oral bowel preparation with Picoprep as they did for a colonoscopy.

You may need to undergo a pre-anaesthetic assessment before your operation. The evaluation will take place at the same clinic as your surgery and will also give you a chance to familiarise yourself with your surroundings.

In some cases, patients may also need blood tests, an ECG or a stomal therapy consultation prior to surgery; Dr White will provide precise details at your consultation.

Family support

We encourage family and loved ones to remain close by while you're in surgery.

The John Flynn Hospital and The Tweed Hospital are both conveniently located to central shopping centre and cafes. A member of staff will contact your family as your surgery comes to an end, so they can be there when you wake up.

Some operations can take a few hours, but if your family would rather wait at the hospital, that's also fine.


Straight after surgery, you'll be taken to the recovery room for up to a few hours before you're moved to your private room.

You'll be monitored closely by nursing staff until the anaesthetic wears off to make sure you're responding well.

Dr White will give you a date for discharge once he's satisfied with your recovery progress.

You'll be required to return as an outpatient so Dr White can monitor your progress and remove stitches. Your ongoing care program as an outpatient will be outlined to you before you leave the hospital.

What to bring

Please bring essential items such as toiletries, sleepwear and comfortable clothing.

Keep your admissions letter, emergency contact details, details of your GP and a list of your medications and dosage in a separate, easy-to-access folder.

Bring all your medications with you. Some may not be required after your operation and Dr White will make sure they’re destroyed safely.

If you have any further questions about your operation, please contact Dr White’s reception desk on 07 5598 0955.