Preparation for your Surgery

Obtain a Pre-Authorisation number from your medical aid.

If you have a medical aid it is necessary to ask your medical aid to authorise your up-coming surgery. Without this authority, you will not be reimbursed  by your medical aid. We will supply you with the codes and information required. 

This practice prefers that all patients obtain their own authorisations as the medical aids will very often inform you of the rate you will be reimbursed at and from which fund the money will be deducted. This is important as Dr Roger Graham charges above medical aid rates.

AT WHAT TIME WILL MY SURGERY BE PERFORMED?

On the day of booking your surgery you will be given an approximate start time for your surgery.
 Please CALL SANDY the day before to confirm the time as it often changes according to the number and types of other operations booked for that day.

MAY I EAT BEFORE MY SURGERY?

  1. If you are having a general anaesthetic or conscious sedation, it is essential you do not eat or drink anything at least 6 hours before your surgery.
  2. If you are having a local anaesthetic, you may have your meals as usual.

DO I TAKE MY USUAL MEDICATIONS BEFORE SURGERY?

Please discuss all medications with Dr Graham at your consultation.
Generally one can follow these guidelines: 

  1. All blood-thinning medications e.g: Warfarin, Ecotrin, Disprin etc.) should be stopped 5-7 days before surgery. As these are prescribed for different reasons, it is best to discuss with Dr Graham before booking surgery.
  2. High blood pressure medications: if these are usually taken in the morning, please take as usual with a small sip of water only.
  3. Diabetic medications: if you need to skip a meal because of being nil per mouth for surgery, please omit the dose related to that missed meal.
  4. Any other medications you are concerned about: please ask Dr Graham if you may or may not take them before your surgery.

MAY I WEAR MAKE-UP DURING MY SURGERY?

It is best not to wear make-up during your surgery, this includes nail polish. 


IS THERE A SPECIAL HYGIENE REGIME TO FOLLOW BEFORE MY SURGERY?

  1. For most patients a normal bath/ shower including a hair wash is adequate hygiene before surgery. 
  2. If you have had a stubborn Staphylococcus skin infection before or are a known or possible carrier of this bacteria, please inform Dr Graham and a hygiene routine will be prescribed. this usually includes washing with Chlorhexidine and anti-septic ointments to apply as prescribed.

Surgery at Mediclinic Constantiaberg Hospital

Constantiaberg Hospital requires that you visit the Pre-Admissions clinic before the day of your surgery.

Please click on this link for more info. 

Tel: +27 (0)21 799 2911
Burnham Road
Plumstead
7800
Tel: +27 (0)21 799 2911

SURGERY AT DRIFTWOOD DAY CLINIC

Procedures not requiring overnight hospitalisation can be performed at Driftwood Clinic.

Please contact Rene about any questions you may have as well as for Driftwood's payment procedures.

Contact person: Rene Giddey

Tel: +27 (0)21 794 1055
Fax: +27 (0)21 794 4581
57 Doordrift Road
Constantia
7806