Professor Munjed Al Muderis and his team take significant consideration and a great deal of planning before proceeding to surgery. Although the process might appear straightforward and fast, there is a considerable amount of work behind the scenes in collaboration with the anaesthetist and the hospital staff in order to give you the best outcome in minimal time.
Your skin needs to be prepared. Please purchase antibacterial wash from your local pharmacy, common brands are Phisohex, Chlorhexidine, Triclosan. Please use this 2-3 days prior to your surgery and continue to use it after your surgery until it is finished. (discontinue use if you have a reaction to the wash).
Below is a general guide regarding medications and their effects on your surgery. We strongly advise you to take your GP’s and surgeon’s advice.
Any herbal or complementary supplements recommended for the heart or joints generally cause blood thinning and bleeding. This includes krill oil, fish oil, green lip mussel extract and glucosamine. Please stop taking these a month before your surgery.
Please cease aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications (e.g., Nurofen, Voltaren, Celebrex, ibuprofen) and any naturopathic or herbal medications.
If you’re taking any SGLT2i agents such as dapagliflozin (Forxiga), empagliflozin (Jardiance), or anything with metformin (Xigduo, Jardiamet), please cease taking these two days before surgery. Please do not take it on the day of surgery.
Panadol, Panadol Osteo and Panadeine are consented to be continued.
If you are on any blood thinners (like Warfarin, Clopidogrel, or Aspirin) please inform your doctor as it is very important to deal with these medications before your surgery and cease them 10 days before the procedure.
We recommend that patients take vitamin D, magnesium, calcium and vitamin C supplements at least a month before their surgery to support preparation and recovery.
If you smoke, cut down or quit. Smoking compromises blood flow to your organs, which leads to less oxygen and vital nutrients getting to the surgical site. This results in a delay in the healing process and slows down and can compromise recovery.
If you drink alcohol it is important not to consume any alcohol for at least 48 hours prior to surgery.
If you use any other types of controlled substances, seek proper advice from your local general practitioner and inform the surgical team. Narcotics and other drugs can have a negative impact on your surgery.
Please notify us immediately if you come down with a fever, a cold or any other illness in the week before the surgery.