FORSTER EYE SURGERY Dr. Geoffrey Whitehouse MBBS(Syd) FRANZCO

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1 GETTING ORGANISED FOR SURGERY 1. BOOKING INTO THE HOSPITAL Once a date has been set for your surgery, you will need to be booked into the hospital. You will have been supplied with an admission form including a consent form. Mayo Private and Forster Private Hospital: the admission forms should be completed and taken to the hospital. The hospital staff will check your particulars and explain the admission procedure on the day of your surgery. They will also tell you of any extra out-of-pocket expenses you can expect from the hospital. Gloucester Hospital and Manning Rural Referral: the admission forms should be completed and forwarded directly to the relevant hospital. YOU DO NOT GET PUT ON THE WAITING LIST UNTIL THESE FORMS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY THE HOSPITAL! 2. PRE-OPERATIVE TESTS AND INVESTIGATIONS Mayo Private and Forster Private Hospital patients: you will be given a letter to take to your GP whom you should see approximately two weeks prior to surgery. Your GP or pre-admission nurse at the hospital may perform a heart tracing (ECG) and organise any other investigations or blood tests that may be necessary. Our aim is to have you as fit as possible on the day of the surgery. You should be given a letter by your GP to take with you to the hospital on the day of the surgery. Your GP should notify your surgeon if they foresee any problems. Gloucester Hospital and Manning Rural Referral: you will be advised by the hospital regarding your date of surgery with instructions to organise an appointment at their pre-admission clinic for a medical review. 3. IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO Flomax / Duodart (used to help urination): please advise us if you have ever taken Flomax or Duodart for prostate symptoms as they can cause complications with eye surgery Blood thinners / Warfarin / Prodaxa: PLEASE SEE BELOW AND CHECK WITH YOUR GP BEFORE STOPPING BLOOD THINNERS

2 Cataract surgery: If you are having routine topical anaesthesia with sedation you do not need to cease your medications. Patients on Warfarin need an INR below 3 which will be checked on the morning of the surgery. If you are having a block anaesthetic you will need to cease Warfarin for three days and other blood thinners 10 days prior to surgery (see below). Patients on Warfarin will have an INR done on the morning of surgery. For all other procedures: Warfarin should be ceased three days prior to surgery and other blood thinners should be ceased two weeks prior to surgery. These can be restarted the day following surgery. Contact the hospital the working day before your surgery to check on your admission time. Do not eat or drink anything from midnight on the night prior to your operation unless instructed otherwise. Do not smoke or drink alcohol for twenty four hours prior to surgery. Take your normal medications with a small sip of water on the morning of your operation. 4. ARRIVING AT THE HOSPITAL Most people will be asked to arrive at least an hour before their surgery as eye drops are often given and these take a while to work. Wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes or slippers. Bring all your eye drops. Bring your glasses so you can read. Bring any letters from your family doctor and any medication bottles for the staff to view. You will be interviewed by a registered nurse who will check your blood pressure, weight and temperature. You will be asked to change into a theatre gown.

3 5. THE ANAESTHETIST You will meet your anaesthetist just prior to surgery. Anaesthetists in Australia are among the most highly trained doctors in the world and Australia is currently the safest place in the world to have an anaesthetic. He/she will discuss your anaesthetic with you and perform a brief examination to ensure he has the best clinical picture of you. If you have any special requests, or have been unwell after a previous anaesthetic, please let them know. 6. SURGERY Just prior to the operation you will be taken to the anaesthetic/recovery room. An intravenous drip will be set up via a small needle in your forearm and you will be asked to breathe some oxygen via a mask or nasal prongs. You will then be given some sedative medication through the drip to help relax you. Once in the theatre the skin around your eye and face will be washed with antiseptic and sterile covers placed over you. Please let us know if you are feeling any discomfort. At the end of the operation a dressing will usually be placed over the eye that has been operated on. You will then move back into the recovery room or go directly back to the ward. Once in the ward you can have something to eat and drink, and can change back into your normal clothes. 7. LEAVING THE HOSPITAL If your surgery is being done on a day only basis, you will usually be ready to go home 2 to 4 hours after you return from the recovery room. IF YOU ARE LEAVING THE HOSPITAL ON THE DAY OF YOUR OPERATION YOU MUST ARRANGE FOR A RESPONSIBLE PERSON TO BE WITH YOU FOR 24 HOURS. THIS IS FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AS IT WILL TAKE THIS LONG FOR SOME OF THE ANAESTHETIC MEDICATIONS TO CLEAR FROM YOUR SYSTEM. YOU CANNOT DRIVE! You will be given a list of instructions when you leave the hospital. These will be specific for the type of surgery you have. Please follow these instructions carefully. You should also book a post operative appointment at Forster Eye Surgery or Gloucester clinic as instructed by the hospital staff.

4 PLEASE NOTE FOR PATIENTS UNDERGOING CATARACT SURGERY: Forster Private patients: After surgery you will be seen at Dr Whitehouse s rooms at approximately 1.30 p.m. prior to going home. Mayo patients: Dr Whitehouse will review you at the hospital before you go home. Manning Rural Referral patients: where possible Dr Whitehouse will review you at the hospital before you go home. Gloucester patients: Dr Whitehouse will review you at the hospital before you go home. If you are staying with a friend/relative following surgery, please advise us of an alternative phone number in case we need to contact you. If you have any problems, please contact the hospital or Forster Eye Surgery. Telephone numbers: Forster Eye Surgery Forster Private Hospital Mayo Private Hospital Gloucester Memorial Hospital Manning Rural Referral Hospital

5 BLOOD THINNERS 1. CATARACT SURGERY WITH TOPICAL (EYE DROP) ANAESTHETIC Blood thinners can be taken normally. Patients on Warfarin/Coumadin must have an INR of under ALL OTHER SURGERY CEASE BLOOD THINNERS (if possible) as per the following guidelines. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL DOCTOR BEFORE STOPPING CEASE THE FOLLOWING: 14 days pre-op ASASANTIN ASTRIX (Aspirin) BRILINTA (Ticagrelor) CARDIPRIN CARTIA EFFIENT (Prasugrel) ISCOVER PLAVIX (Clopidogrel) TILODENE (Ticlopidine) CEASE/ AVOID THE FOLLOWING: 14 days pre-op Biloba Fish oil Krill oil Garlic Ginger Ginkgo Glucosamine CEASE THE FOLLOWING: 3 days pre-op COUMADIN (Warfarin) DINDEVAN (Phenindione) MAREVAN PRADAXA WARFARIN CEASE THE FOLLOWING: 1 day pre-op XERALTO (Rivaroxaban) File: Feb 2014

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