Make the most of the appointments prior to surgery

When attending an appointment with the surgeon you will have anywhere between 5-15 minutes to discuss what is going to happen over the course of the next few months. Absorbing all this information can be overwhelming, but you do not need to process or remember everything all at once.  Very few people can clearly recall all the details of a consultation because often the subject is confronting and medical terms can be confusing.  

To help you make the most of your consultation it is a good idea to be well organised before hand and prepare questions about any concerns you have regarding the surgery, including any pre-surgical preparations, the surgery itself, recovery and post surgical care. You may even be helpful to take a friend or close relative with you. You will find some more helpful information to help you feel informed visit the Wellbeing - Empower Yourself pages. 

Questions you may wish to ask your Urology Surgeon:

  • What to expect? 
  • What happens in the week leading up to the procedure, during and after the surgery? 
  • Are there any follow up appointments or procedures?
  • Timeframes of when will these things happen, and how long will they take?
  • What will your child experience (sensations, discomfort, pain, pre-tests)?
  • How will pain be managed?
  • What medicines will be administered after the procedure, and for how many days?
  • Are there any costs involved? How much?
  • How long will the surgery take?
  • What are some of the problems that can occur in the weeks post surgery? 
  • How many indwelling catheters will there be, and how long will they be in for?
  • What care do you need to do at home after the surgery?
  • Who will show you how to do this?
  • The name of the Anaethetist assisting the surgery?
  • What can go wrong after you get home, and when do you call for advice if this happens?
  • Who can you phone for advice during office hours and after hours?

If it is your child, or a young person in your care who is undergoing the procedure, you may also wish to share information:

  • Your child’s reactions to previous hospitalisations
  • Your child’s emotional reactions to anaesthesia or medical procedures
  • Any possible difficulties you may have such as location, travel, accommodation?
  • Reactions to skin adhesive tapes, Opsite/brown tape/Mefix tapes
  • Reactions to numbing gells when preparing hands, etc, for IV’s - Angel gel, etc.

For more specific information relating to preparing children for surgery visit our Parents/Carers Page

For more specific information relating to preparing Teens for surgery visit our Teens Page.