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You will, by now, have had a Pre-operative assessment (check of your health, drug treatment, any allergies, and home circumstances relevant to your recovery from your anaesthetic and operation). This is performed by a nurse trained in such assessment, and sometimes also by an anaesthetist.


Here are some things that you can do to prepare yourself for your operation:

  • Stop smoking, or at least smoke less, for 6 weeks before the operation to reduce the risk of breathing problems. The longer you can give up beforehand the better.
  • If you are very overweight, modest controlled weight loss.
  • See your GP, if asked to at Pre-assessment, about any long-standing medical problems such as diabetes, asthma or high blood pressure to make sure they are as well-controlled as possible.