The most exciting day has arrived! Here’s what to expect about today and the hours immediately after surgery.
You’ll be checked into hospital the day of, or the night before your surgery. There should be a safe in your room so become familiar with how it works to put any valuables away for safe keeping while you are in surgery.
A few hours prior you’ll have your consultation with the surgeon who’ll run through the entire operation and you’ll have a chance to ask any questions.
You’ll also meet with the Anethesist who’ll talk you through the general anesthetic and another opportunity to ask any questions. Remember, if you don’t understand something, ask for clarification! You are paying for the hospital and all the facilities, YOU are the client.
Malaysia is a predominately moderate Muslim country. Being moderate, there is no enforcement on visitors or those who aren’t Muslim to follow customs. There are a lot of Muslim folk in the Health Care system. You will find that nurses wear head coverings and at first may seem rude because they don’t talk to you that much, but actually it’s because they may not speak English very well. The other reason is a lot of medical tourists are VERY rude and the staff can be fearful. You could make lifelong friends or reaffirm their view of Australians… it’s up to you. The staff are actually lovely, caring, humane people who are in a low paid industry. Be nice!
You’ll have had a shower and be in your surgery gown (provided). It’s time. Your bed will be taken to the surgery waiting area. Here nursing staff will check with you some details.
This is standard to ensure you know what you are doing. You will need to sign the agreement form at this stage. DO NOT SIGN IF NOT IN ENGLISH! Request an English copy if it is not. (extremely rare).
Depending on theatre, very shortly you’ll move into the operating theatre.
Be prepared as a lot of things are going on. It’s ok to feel nervous, but know you’re in good hands. You’re laying on your back and you’ll be looking this way and that as busy operating theatre staff get things ready. A really warm blanket will be put over you (very nice relaxing feeling). Your arms are placed on rests so it looks like you are laying on a cross. This is so drips can be administered easily and your arms don’t get in the way.
The surgeon will appear in your vision, he is always smiling and has a quick chat with you.
As the general anesthetic is administered, you’ll feel an amazing warm sensation all over your body and within 10 seconds, you are out.
The next thing you know you will wake up in the recovery zone in the theatre complex. You may have a couple of nurses around you petting your hand as you come out from the effects of general anesthetic. Just remember, you will feel quite disoriented. You will have an oxygen mask on to improve your SP02 (oxygen to blood ratio)
Some people react differently to anesthetic, so if you have never been ‘under’, some reactions include:
It’s ok! Hospital staff are used to all kinds of reactions. It will certainly be a story you can tell your kids or grandkids! Once you are stablised you will be moved to your room, you will have a drip and need to keep the oxygen mask on for a few days.
If you have family, generally they will be waiting for you in your room, so you will be surround by people who care. You may feel like nothing has happened and you could get up and walk around. Not a good idea! You have pain killers which will belie the fact you just had surgery.
Time to sleep!In the days after surgery