Having an operation can be worrying for anyone; we hope that you will find this website useful to get some information about your anaesthetic. There are things that you can do to make sure the risk of complication is reduced. These things are often good for your long-term health too (such as stopping smoking and exercising) and starting these before your operation is the best way to get the most benefits out of these lifestyle changes.

 We have provided some information and links to other resources to help you get ready for your surgery.

Our staff have put together a series of short videos on getting ready for major colorectal surgery. Although these videos are aimed at patients having surgery for bowel cancer, a lot of the advice, particularly around smoking, alcohol, and exercise, could still apply to other surgery and may be of use to you. Watch the videos

We encourage you to explore the website and ask any questions you may have about your anaesthetic when you see your pre-assessment nurse or anaesthetist.

Finally, we would love to hear from you about what you think of our resources.