All of our surgical operations take place at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. You will need to report to the Sussex Orthopaedic Treatment Centre (SOTC). Our surgeries are day cases meaning you will not need an overnight stay in hospital and can go home later in the day.
Types of anaesthetic
Local anaesthetic: an injection just to numb the area being operated on e.g. hand or finger, usually performed by the surgeon.
Regional anaesthetic (also called regional block): where the whole arm is numbed by an anaesthetist.
General anaesthetic: this is when you go completely to sleep and the anaesthetist helps your breathing through a tube.
Eating and drinking before your operation
Local Anaesthetic: If you have a local anaesthetic, you can eat and drink as normal.
Regional and general anaesthetic: You cannot eat or drink before these anaesthetics. This is for your own safety to stop food and drink entering your lungs.
Stop eating 6 hours before your operation. Drink water during this time, and you are encouraged to drink a large glass of water before leaving home. If you have a medical condition, such as diabetes, which means you need to eat and drink regularly, please inform the Hand Therapist, Trauma Coordinator or nursing staff before your operation.
Chew gum, including nicotine gum.
Drink milk as this is considered to be food.
Drink fizzy drinks.
You may have to wait a couple of hours for your surgery time, so you may want to bring a book or magazine to read.
You can bring a phone and headphones into theatre to keep you calm and distracted if you wish.
You will not be able to drive immediately after your surgery, so you must arrange for a responsible adult to collect you and take you home by car or taxi.
The numbness will wear off after a few hours. To prepare for this take the painkillers as soon as you get home and take regularly for the first few days.
Follow up appointments
You will be given details of any follow-up arrangements at the time of your surgery. Follow-up appointments may take place at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton or the Princess Royal Hospital, Sussex Orthopaedic Treatment Centre (SOTC), Haywards Heath.
Newick Ward (For urgent out of hour post operative pain management queries only).
Hand Service Royal Sussex County Hospital 01273 696955 Ext. 64116
Trauma coordinators 01273 696955 Ext. bleep. 8165/8625
Newick Ward 01444 448780
This leaflet is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.