Most patients are admitted to the hospital on the day of surgery. Admission and fasting times will be advised in the few days proceeding your procedure. The time of admission will vary depending on the expected time for commencement of your surgery.
Patients having anorectal or colonic surgery may require some form of bowel preparation. This may involve an enema on admission to hospital. Patients having rectal surgery may require a complete oral bowel preparation as for colonoscopy.
You may be required to attend the pre-admission clinic in the hospital where you will have your operation. This affords an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the hospital as well as enabling a pre-anaesthetic assessment. For some patients blood tests, ECG and stomal therapy consultation are required.
You should take normal medications up to and on the day of surgery. If you are taking blood thinning medications such as ASPIRIN, CLOPIDOGREL, WARFARIN, PRADAXA, ELIQUIS, XARELTO or EFFIENT, you may need to stop these prior to surgery. Dr Kozman will provide instructions for these medications at the time of consultation and will vary with individual circumstances. If you are in any doubt please check with the office.
If you are a diabetic on tablets or insulin, Dr Kozman will provide instructions for these medications at the time of consultation. In addition, you may be required to take advice from your GP or endocrinologist for the doses to take on the day of your procedure.