Operation Preparation

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SCHEDULING SURGERY

After Dr Strobos have explained the surgery, you will be directed to Reception to book a date for surgery. In some cases you may require to see a physician before surgery. Factors that plays a role is your age and medical history. This may include blood tests and/or EKG – usually done a few days prior to your procedure. We will make these arrangements for you.

Please notify your surgeon if you are experiencing any significant change to your health status or develop a cold/ influenza, bladder infection, diarrhoea, or other infection before your surgery.

Please arrange for transportation from the hospital on the day of discharge. Due to medication and anaesthesia from surgery your alertness will be reduced and you are not safe to drive.

Minors under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. It is a requirement that the parent or legal guardian be present for the duration of the procedure.

The Hospital will submit their account through to your medical aid for payment.

Please check with your medical aid if you have any co-payments for the surgery as some medical aid have co-payments.

Dr Strobos is contracted out so you will receive an Estimate for your surgery at the rooms when booking the surgery. Please check with your medical aid what your co-payment will be. After surgery we submit our account to your medical aid. After the medical aid paid their portion, the balance is due by the member.

Your current valid medical aid card and authorisation.

Our facility will make an effort to provide optimal patient care during the admission process. Please note that due to high volume of patients, some patients can wait at reception before being admitted. This is dependent on the availability of beds.

We request patients to cancel any surgery at least 72hours beforehand. We understand that emergencies happen and therefore kindly request that you notify the office as soon as possible of the need to cancel surgery.

PREPARING FOR SUGERY

Your surgery will be done in Wilgeheuwel Hospital.

The theatre list will start at 12pm. Dr Strobos operates in two theatres. One of two anaesthetists that assist Dr will consult you in the ward before your surgery.

Patients are instructed not to take anything by mouth (food, gum, candy, water etc.) after 6am on the day of surgery. Patients are to take their medication on the day of surgery as well.

Patients that are using Warfrin or Plavix will be seen by a physician at least 2 weeks before surgery to stop the medication. Patients using Asprin or Ecotrin are advised to stop the medication 5 – 7 days prior to surgery.

Clothing: Patients are advised to wear loose fitting clothing that will accommodate dressings. The best is clothing that button up in front which makes dressing easier.

Patients are advised to leave all valuables at home.

Escort: Patients are instructed to arrange for someone to drive them home after their surgery.

Arrival Time: General Admission time for surgery is at 10am on the date that your surgery is booked for.

DAY OF YOUR SURGERY

  • Please bring all medical information with you including your medical aid card and ID.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to put on and off, for example, shirts that button up the front or loose fitting slacks.
  • Please leave all valuables at home. Remove all rings and wedding bands if possible.
  • Bring a current list of your medications and dosages for your medical chart.
  • You may brush your teeth; rinse your mouth but do not swallow the water.
  • Follow the eating, drinking and medication instructions you have been given. Failure to follow these instructions will result in the delay or cancellation of your surgery.
  • If you use an inhaler, bring it with you.
  • If you wear contact lenses, glasses, or hearing aids bring a case or container, and solution for contacts, to protect them while you are in surgery.

When you arrive the day of your scheduled procedure, please present to the Main Reception Desk for check-in. Please have your medical aid card and ID ready. You will be asked to complete paperwork related to your procedure. Additionally, any co-payments related to the surgery will be collected at that time.

Individual that requires surgical procedure must be accompanied home. This is a safety procedure that is strictly adhered to for your benefit.