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Preparing for Surgery

Surgery is a major life event with the potential to positively and/or negatively impact your future health and quality of life.

This guide contains information and tools, designed to support you during your journey through surgery.

Using this information, together with our ‘surgery school’ and physical activity classes, we aim to ensure that you are prepared to recover.


Spinal Anaesthetic

Depending on the type of operation and your own medical condition, a spinal anaesthetic may sometimes be safer for you or suit you better than a full general anaesthetic.

Almost any operation performed below the waistline is suitable for a spinal and there are benefits to both you and your surgeon when a spinal is used.


You and Your Anaesthetic

Anaesthesia stops you feeling pain and other sensations. It can be given in various ways and does not always make you unconscious.


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