The day before the big day:
Before your surgery, you will be asked to fast to empty your stomach ready to induce anesthesia. This is to reduce an anesthetic complication known as aspiration. Although fasting times vary, most doctors will instruct you to fast from midnight the night before surgery. Therefore, making sure you get plenty of food throughout the day until midnight can help you load up on energy before the big day.
Depending on your individual circumstances and time of your surgery, you may be required to stay overnight in the hospital, and therefore you will need an overnight bag.
Items may include:
- Magazines/ books/ Kindle/ iPad
- Dressing gown and slippers
- Phone charger
- Support bra
- Any medication you take daily, including the original packaging and labels.
You will also be asked to remove any jewelry, eyelash extensions, and nail polish or acrylic nails. This is to avoid disrupting the equipment, which monitors your vital signs throughout your procedure. Therefore, it is best to remove these before arrival at the hospital.
The day of surgery:
On the big day, unless indicated otherwise by your doctor, you should skip breakfast to ensure you have adequately fasted for your operation. If your surgery is scheduled for later in the day, you may be allowed to have a light breakfast early morning. During your surgery, your vital signs will be monitored by your anesthetist and anesthetic nurse. Unfortunately, make-up, nail varnish, and acrylic nails can all interfere with the monitoring equipment; therefore, it is important to make sure they are removed before your arrival to the hospital. Tape will also be placed over your eyes during your procedure. Therefore, it is also recommended not to wear false eyelashes to avoid damaging your eyes during tape application and removal. Jewelry and piercings will also be removed to prevent burns, which can occur from the surgical equipment used during the procedure.
On arrival to the ward:
If not done so already, your surgeon will run through your consent form to ensure you fully understand and consent to the procedure and the complications associated. Your surgeon will then draw surgical marks on your breasts; this is to help the surgeon place your breast implants and make your incision.
In the anesthetic room:
On arrival to the anesthetic room, your operating department practitioner (ODP) or nurse will run through some final checks before your anesthetic. This usually includes a last check of the procedure you are having, any allergy checks, have removed all metal ware, and have adequately fasted for your procedure.
Following your checks, your doctor or nurse will place a cannula into the back of your hand, which will be used to administer your anesthetic. Monitoring equipment usually consists of sticky dots on your chest, a peg on your finger, and a blood pressure cuff to monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and the oxygen levels in your blood throughout your procedure.
Once your monitoring equipment is placed, you will be given oxygen to breathe for around 5 minutes before your doctors administer your anesthetic. This ensures you have lots of oxygen in your lungs while your anesthetist places a breathing tube in your mouth for your operation (this will be done once you are asleep). Your general anesthetic typically consists of a sleepy drug, a pain killer, an anti-sickness medication, and sometimes a muscle relaxant. Once your anesthetic has started, and you are fully asleep, you will be wheeled into the operating room, and your surgery will begin.
The operating room:
Your procedure usually takes around one hour, but maybe slightly more if you are having customized surgery such as our exclusive designed surgeries. During your procedure, your anesthetist and nurse will be by your side the whole time and will continue to monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure. At the end of your procedure, your theatre nurse will apply a surgical dressing and a support bra, and you will be taken to the recovery room.