Preparing for your anaesthetic

Every patient and every operation are different which means your response to anaesthesia will be too.

We recommend the following strategies:

Stop smoking

Ideally six weeks before surgery, but the longer the better. You should never smoke 24 hours before your procedure. See your GP for help to quit smoking.

Regular exercise

Whether it's regular walking or hitting the gym, exercising for half an hour a day will improve your health.

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol has many ill-effects on your health and should be avoided prior to your procedure.

Follow all fasting and medication guidelines

Most regular medications can be continued. Medications on the day of surgery can be taken, early in the morning, with a small amount of water. Medications that may cause bleeding, otherwise known as anticoagulant medications, are often ceased prior to surgery, however, you should not cease anticoagulant medication unless you check with your Surgeon, GP or Specialist Doctor. Some anticoagulant medication is very important to help prevent stroke, or heart attack and should not be ceased without medical advice. Some anticoagulant medications will need to be ceased up to 10 days prior to your operation so please advise your doctors during the surgical and anaesthetic consultations that you are on blood thinning medications.

Bring your medications or a list of medications you take, with you to the hospital. Please call our rooms on (07) 3844 0390 or send us an email to if you are unsure about any medication management in the lead up to your surgery.

Herbal Medicines

It is recommended that you cease herbal medications, including fish oil, 2 weeks prior to your procedure. Some herbal medications may interact with Anaesthetic agents or exacerbate bleeding.

Nail Polish or Acrylic Nails

Some nail polish can interfere with the pulse oximetry used to measure your blood oxygen concentration. Some hospitals recommend removing your nail polish. Usually there isn’t a problem with acrylic nails, however, if they are dark in colour or if they interfere with the monitoring equipment, then they may have to be removed if requested by the hospital or Anaesthetist. This would be for your own safety.

If you have any concerns in relation to any of the above instructions, please do not hesitate to phone us on (07) 3844 0390 or send us an email to