If you are having a general anaesthetic you will need to fast for six hours prior to your operation. If you are having a local anaesthetic, you can eat and drink as usual beforehand. Please let you surgeon and anaesthetist know about any medications that you are taking. They will then advise as to whether these need to be omitted before your day of surgery.
You will require someone to escort you home if you have had any form of sedation or general anaesthetic.
After the operation you may experience some pain or discomfort. This is dependent on the type and extent of the surgery you have had. You may well take home some pain relieving medication which your anaesthetist will prescribe. The nurses looking after you will tell you how often and when to take them. The severity of pain will decrease over time.
You will require some time off work to recover; again this is dependent upon the type of surgery that you have undergone. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation.