What happens when I come in?
You will meet your anaesthetist at some point prior to your operation. Sometimes this will be in a ‘pre-assessment’ clinic before coming into hospital. Otherwise it will be on the day before or the morning of surgery, depending on when you are admitted.
Your anaesthetist will discuss with you the techniques to be used for both anaesthesia and pain-relief, and explain what you can expect both in theatre, recovery and back on the ward after surgery. The risks and benefits of all procedures will be discussed, and you will have the chance to ask any questions that you may have.
Most patients undergoing thoracic surgery will be treated on ward D2. Depending on the nature of the surgery, some patients may be treated for some time on one of SUHT’s high-dependency or intensive care wards.