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If you're considering having an operation or your GP has suggested you may need surgery, this guide is for you.
Meeting with a specialist
Your first appointment will be with the consultant in charge of your treatment at your chosen hospital.
Preparing for surgery
In the days leading up to your surgery, you'll need to make travel arrangements for getting to and from the hospital and think about what to pack.
The day of the operation
Your admission letter from the hospital will tell you the date and time of your operation and what time you need to turn up.
What happens after surgery
After surgery you’ll be moved to the recovery room where you’ll be told how the operation went.
Getting back to normal after an operation
Don't be surprised if you feel very tired when you get home, especially if you've had a major operation or a general anaesthetic.
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