Preparing for your surgery

Stopping smoking and maintaining a healthy weight will help to reduce the risk of developing any complications. Regular exercise should help to prepare you for the operation and will help you to recover and improve your long-term health. Always seek advice from your GP if you have questions regarding any of the above.

Before your admission

If you are having a general anaesthetic or sedation, please arrange for a friend or family member to accompany you home, and to stay with you for 24 hours after your procedure. You will need to bring their contact details with you, so that we can call them approximately an hour before you are ready to go home. 

Please check that you have a supply of painkillers at home such as Ibuprofen and paracetamol, as you may require these after your surgery. Before leaving home you are required to have a shower, remove all make up, nail varnish, and leave jewellery, piercings and all valuables at home. 

What to bring with you

Bring any medicines, inhalers or tablets that you take regularly, as well as cases for contact lenses and/or dentures. We advise you wear loose clothing, as this will be more comfortable following your procedure. Lockers are provided but we advise not to bring in large amounts of cash, valuable personal items or anything bulky. 

On arrival

You will be greeted by our friendly reception staff, who will notify the ward of your arrival and run through your registration details. Please note that your escort will not be able to wait at the centre during your stay as we have limited space. There are lots of cafes, shops and restaurants locally in Marylebone. 

Once you are taken up to the ward, you will be introduced to your named nurse for your stay, and your treating Consultant and Anaesthetist will explain the procedure. If required, you will also be greeted by one of our inpatient physiotherapists who will go through any post-operative exercises and demonstrate how to use crutches or any special footwear you may need. 

If you are coming to our Fortius Surgical Centre for an operation, the below information will talk you through the journey. If you are having surgery with a Fortius Consultant at a different hospital, or the Fortius Joint Replacement Centre, the hospital or clinic will give you the necessary admission information.