Depending on your operation, you may experience some discomfort. We aim to make you as comfortable as possible, and have plenty of options for achieving this.
It is not common to feel sick, but if you do, we can give you medicines to help stop it.
You should not eat for 6 hours before your operation, but you are allowed clear fluids (water or weak squash) up until 2 hours before hand.
If you have food in your stomach, there is a risk that while you are asleep, you could aspirate it into your airways, making you very unwell.
It depends very much on the type of operation that you are due to have. Your surgical team will discuss this with you and your parents prior to your operation. We aim to minimise the impact of your operation on your schooling as much as possible.
This will all be explained to you and your parents both in the clinic when the decision to operate is made, and also on the day of surgery as part of the consenting process.
Yes. A lot of the operations that we perform do not require you to stay overnight. If you do however, Mum or Dad can usually stay on a bed next to you.
Our anaesthetists will discuss this with you and your parents on the day of surgery. You will normally be able to watch a DVD on our iPads as you drift off to sleep.
One parent is allowed into the anaesthetic room until you are fast asleep. They will then be taken back to the waiting lounge by one of our nurses to relax while you have your operation.
No. They are very close by though and will be back by your side when you wake up.
Yes. A small toy or blanket is fine.
Again this depends on the operation that you are having, but will be discussed in detail with you by the surgical team. If we plan to use a synthetic cast, then you will usually be given a choice of colours.
No. They are usually pretty smelly by the time they come off, so go straight into the bin!
Temporary wires used to treat fractures, can often be removed easily in the fracture clinic, without the need for a general anaesthetic. Plates, screws and other implants often do not require removal, but this will be discussed with you by your surgeon.
No. For legal reasons, we must dispose of them safely.
We aim to get you back to your sporting activities as soon as is safely possible. Although this is frustrating, it’s worth remembering that even international sporting stars occasionally require time off to allow their injuries to heal properly.
If your surgeon doesn’t want you to put your full weight on your leg after the operation, you will be shown how to use crutches. If you can’t manage them, you may need to use a wheel chair for a brief time.
If left in place, they may injure you or members of staff while you are asleep.
Make up can prevent us from checking how well you’re being oxygenated whilst you’re asleep. Nail varnish on your fingers stops the pulse oximeter working, and lipstick stops us checking the natural colour of your lips.