Frequently asked questions
Many patients undergo surgery each year. It is important for patients to be informed about the surgery being recommended, particularly if it is elective surgery (an operation you choose to have performed), rather than an emergency surgery (also called urgent surgery). All surgeries carry an element of risks and benefits which you should familiarise yourself with before deciding whether the procedure is appropriate for you.
The following are a selection of the most commonly asked, important questions that you may like to discuss with your consultant prior to surgery. Some patients find it helpful to write their questions down ahead of time to help them review the information discussed before making a final decision.
What kinds of conditions do you treat?
We provide procedures for a comprehensive range of diagnostic and surgical care for hernia treatments.
What should I do before and after my procedure?
General and more specific guidelines will be given to you by your consultant when you are booked for surgery and your procedure will be explained to you and where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. The consultant anaesthetist that will be involved in your case and our practice manager will also contact you in the week running up to surgery.
How much time should I take off work?
Every case and patient are different and this is something that you should discuss with your consultant surgeon at your consultation and before your are booked for surgery.
What medications should I take before and after my procedure and for how long?
This will be discussed with you prior to surgery. After any procedure you may be given additional medications such as pain killers to take home. The doses, times to take the medications and other instructions around these medications will be explained to you in detail before discharge.
If I have a problem after my procedure what should I do?
Please call us on 0161 495 7754 Monday to Friday and between 9am - 5pm. For out of office hours, please call the phone number given to you on discharge hospital.
When can I go home?
Depending on your procedure, most patients usually go home on the same day or the day after surgery. This will be discussed with you on the day of your procedure.
When can I go back to work?
In most cases, patients are able to return to work within a few weeks. This obviously depends on what procedure you have undergone for your hernia and will be discussed with you by your consultant.
What should I eat and drink after the operation?
It is always recommended to eat sensibly following any procedure as the anaesthesia, painkillers and surgery may make you feel nauseous – so have small light meals. It is advisable to avoid rich, spicy or fatty foods and alcohol for 48 hours after your procedure but after this you should be able to return to a normal diet.
How do I know if there is a serious problem after the surgery and what should I do if I feel unwell after I am discharged?
We would want you to return to the hospital if you experience any of the following; SEVERE abdominal pains that are not alleviated by the pain killers you are discharged with after a few hours; high temperatures or fevers and chills; repeated vomiting; wound problems that your GP or GP nurse cannot manage.
Do I need to be followed up?
Yes – Your consultant surgeon will follow up and you will be told about your follow up appointment on discharge. To confirm your follow up date and time please contact us.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an consultation please telephone 0161 495 7754 and we will be happy to help you arrange a convenient appointment.
What should I bring to my consultation appointment?
When you arrive for your consultation, please bring any medical records and a list of your current medications.