Your Surgery

At Gold Coast Breast & Endocrine Surgery we assist patients who require surgery for a wide range of breast & endocrine conditions as well as general surgery. Before your operation, you are encouraged to prepare, in order to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

Before your surgery

Before your surgery, our staff will assist you with the following:

  • Date and time of hospital admission will be confirmed by reception from Gold Coast Breast & Endocrine Surgery or the hospital’s Surgical Bookings Office.

  • If you require a procedure prior to the surgery (i.e sentinel lymph node nuclear medicine injection, tumour localisation), our staff will assist with the booking.

You can improve your recovery from surgery by taking a few steps in the lead up to your surgery.

These include:

  • Regular exercise

  • Ceasing smoking

  • Eating a nutritious diet, including protein supplements, as outlined by your surgeon

The Day of Your Surgery

On the day of your surgery, you will need to present to the admissions counter of the hospital. You can learn more about where to find this counter at the relevant website of the hospital you will be attending.

Please bring the following items to hospital:

  • Comfortable, loose-fitting pyjamas

  • Toiletries

  • All regular medications

  • All x-rays or other investigation results

  • Sleep aids such as CPAP devices if required

Your Anaesthetic

Your anaesthetic will usually be provided by a professional from the Gold Coast Tweed Anaesthesia Group (07 5598 0900). You’ll be given some information about your anaesthetic and your anaesthetist by your surgeon. You’re encouraged to speak with your anaesthetist or your GP if you have any questions or concerns related to your anaesthetic.

If you are having a general anaesthetic you will be required to fast (nil by mouth-no food or drink) for 6 hours prior to your surgery or as per your anaesthetist instruction.

If you are taking blood thinners (eg. aspirin, warfarin, rivaroxaban, clopidogrel, apixaban) or over-the-counter medications (herbal/natural remedies, fish oil) please let us know and Dr Clement will advise you which medications to withhold before your surgery.

After Your Surgery

If you are having a day procedure, you will need someone to drive you home. A responsible adult should also stay with you for the night following your anaesthetic. Admission to hospital can be arranged if necessary.

If you are being admitted to hospital for a longer stay, you will be seen and reviewed by Dr Clement and his team. With your permission can speak to your family member or next of kin to update your progress after surgery. Prior to your discharge, all post-operative instructions and follow-up will be discussed with you and also sent to your GP.

Do You Have Questions?

If you have any questions about your surgery, you’re welcome to speak with Dr Clement or Nurse Meeghan. We are here to assist you with your health care, to help you feel informed and comfortable.

If you have questions about your anaesthetic for a procedure, you’re encouraged to contact your anaesthetist directly. Our regular anaesthetists are the Gold Coast Tweed Anaesthesia Group. You can find their details below:

Gold Coast Tweed Anaesthesia Group

Suite 5F John Flynn Medical Centre

PO BOX 111 Tugan Qld 4224

Ph: (07) 5598 0900 or Fax: (07) 5598 0155