What is a Day Procedure?
A day procedure is an investigation, operation, or treatment performed without necessitating an overnight stay in hospital.
What are the benefits of day surgery at Brighton Plastic Surgery?
- You can go home on the same day
- Comfortable and confidential surroundings
- Short waiting times before your procedure
- Personalised service provided by experienced staff
- Convenient pick up and drop off points for your family or carer
- Quiet, unhurried environment.
Is the facility available to patients who are not members of a private health fund?
Brighton Plastic Surgery is available to all patients. Please contact our Patient Care Coordinator at anytime on 03 9592 0522 who will answer any queries you have.
Preparing for Day Surgery
The 2 weeks before
Please ensure that your patient registration form is sent to Brighton Plastic Surgery at least 10 days before your procedure. You will receive a call from our nurse to discuss all aspects of your upcoming surgery and answer any questions you may have.
Before any procedure you need to discuss these important issues with Mr Mutimer or his nursing staff:
- Which of your medications can be taken on the day of your procedure
- Which medications you may need to cease (up to 10 days) before your procedure
- Which medications you should have available at home for when you return from your procedure (eg. Paracetamol).
Care at home after your procedure
- You must have an adult to pick you up, escort you home and be at home with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure (and longer in some instances). This is not negotiable and Mr Mutimer will postpone your surgery if you do not have an appropriate carer available.
- Give some thought as to who you choose to be your carer. They should be someone who will be available, able to get meals and drinks for you, able to assist you with simple dressings and medication needs, and be sensible enough to contact us if they/you feel you are not well. Please discuss this with our nurse at your pre-op call if you are unsure about your after care needs.
- Most patients come back to the centre for a checkup visit the following day. Please make sure you have someone available to drive you to this appointment.
- If you have other people who you are responsible for such as children or elderly relatives, give some thought as to who can take over those responsibilities for you until you have recovered enough to resume those duties.
- You will need to be close to Brighton Plastic Surgery for the first night after your surgery (within 30 minutes drive). If you live further away or would prefer not to stay in your own home on the first night, please contact our Patient Care Coordinator as we are able to make recommendations for accommodation that other patients have found very beneficial.
The day before
- Remove any nail polish or jewellery.
- Do not smoke for at least 12 hours before attending.
- You will receive a confirmation call to inform you of your admission time. If you have not heard from us by the day before your surgery, please telephone the office to obtain your admission time on (03) 9592 0522
- Fasting is important.
- All procedures at Brighton Plastic Surgery are performed in the morning.
- Eat a normal meal the evening prior to your surgery. You may eat until midnight but DO NOT EAT ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT.
- You can drink until midnight (limit any alcohol). Between midnight and 4am you may drink ONLY WATER. DO NOT DRINK ANYTHING AFTER 4AM. This is for your own safety during the procedure.
- Ensure that you have collected any documentation that you need to bring (most will have been provided already) such as:
- Current medications (in their original boxes if available)
- Referral letters
- Health insurance details
- Medicare card
- Veterans Affairs details
- Pharmaceutical entitlement number
- Full/part pension number
- All WorkCare or TAC information including employer's details and claim number
- Payment method if you are paying your health fund excess on the day of surgery
On the day of your procedure
REMEMBER TO CONTINUE FASTING (this includes no sucking lollies or chewing gum or drinking water after brushing your teeth.)
- If you have been told that you can take certain medications, do so with a small sip of water.
- Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes or slippers. For many procedures to the upper body, zipup tops are easier to manage.
- No pyjamas or night gowns are needed as all necessary clothing will be supplied. (Children however, may wear their own pyjamas.)
- Leave any jewellery or valuables at home.
- Please arrive punctually. If you are delayed for some reason, please call us on (03) 9592 0522.
- On arrival go directly to the reception desk where you will be received and your registration completed. Any excess or co payments need to be paid on arrival. The nurse will take your medical details.
The Anaesthetic (other than local anaesthetics)
This will be given by a qualified specialist anaesthetist. Your anaesthetist will question and examine you pre-operatively to assess:
- Your overall medical history
- Any anaesthetic problems you or your family may have had
- Drug allergies
- Current illnesses or infections
- Medicines, tablets or drugs that you are presently taking. Please bring the bottles/packets or a list of the drugs you have taken in the last month.
Your anaesthetist will choose and administer the appropriate type of post-anaesthetic care until you are fit to go home.
You may feel slightly drowsy for a short time after the procedure. AN ADULT MUST ACCOMPANY YOU HOME AND STAY WITH YOU OVERNIGHT. For the next 24 hours a small amount of anaesthetic may still be circulating in your body, therefore YOU MUST NOT:
- Drive a vehicle
- Operate machinery (this includes cooking on a stove)
- Drink alcohol
- Take sedatives unless they have been prescribed for you after your surgery
- Sign any important legal documents during this period.
Before you leave Brighton Plastic Surgery you will receive instructions for after care with advice on activity, bathing and dressing, whom to contact if problems develop, and an appointment time for a follow-up treatment if appropriate. Remember, if any difficulties arise, contact us on (03) 9592 0522.
What nursing services are provided to patients after their procedure?
Brighton Plastic Surgery provides nursing care for all patients after their procedure.
- You will receive a telephone call from a nurse to ensure that you are comfortable during the evening of your surgery.
- You will also be given a contact number for the nursing service if you have any problems or questions after the surgery.
- If you have any questions, the nurse will generally be able to answer these. She is also able to contact Mr Mutimer or the anaesthetist on your behalf if required.
- You will have between 1–4 post-operative appointments with the nurse following your surgery depending on the procedure you have had. These are to change dressings, remove stitches and so on. We will organise these appointments for a time that is convenient for you.
We have experienced registered nurses in the rooms five days a week so there is always someone to support you before and after your procedure.
Remember, if any difficulties arise contact Brighton Plastic Surgery on 03 9592 0522