Why have I been given this leaflet?
You have been given this leaflet because you need a minor operation.
Do I need any test beforehand?
No further tests will be necessary, unless you are taking a drug called warfarin. If so, you will require an INR (International Normalised Ratio) test before your surgery.
Please arrange for your INR to be checked at your General Practice (GP) or warfarin clinic within the three days before your surgical appointment.
If your result is three or greater please contact us on 01642 854722.
How long before I see an improvement in my condition
As Azathioprine is a slow acting drug it will be several weeks before you notice any improvement, but do not be discouraged. You should continue to take all your medication as prescribed.
What happens before my operation?
Your operation will be done under local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake during your procedure, so you may eat and drink as normal beforehand. You should take all medication as usual on the day of your procedure, unless advised to do otherwise by the doctor.
Can I bring someone with me?
You may bring someone with you to the department. However, please be aware, they may not be able to accompany you into the theatre area. If you have children, please do not bring them, unless someone is able to accompany you to look after them in the department.
What happens after my operation?
You will be given specific aftercare instructions following your operation. You may have stitches which will need removing 5 to 14 days later, by your practice nurse, or at an NHS walk-in centre.
You may be asked to sit outside the theatre or in our waiting room for a short while, until you feel well enough to leave the department. It is preferable to have someone drive you home. However, if you are driving, it is advisable to wait 30 minutes before going home.
Are there any risks or side-effects following surgery?
Although most people have few or no problems, the following may occur:
Pain or discomfort
Should you experience any pain or discomfort once the local anaesthetic has worn off, then you should take a mild painkiller such as paracetamol. Ibuprofen and other NSAID (Non steroidal anti inflammatories) should generally be avoided.
This rarely occurs, but is usually stopped by elevation and firm pressure to the wound. Contact the dermatology department within working hours (01642 854722) if the bleeding persists or use the minor injuries unit or accident and emergency department out of hours.
Signs that the wound has become infected are redness, pain, swelling around the area or discharge from the wound. Contact your GP if you are concerned.
If the wound opens up, please contact the dermatology department as soon as possible,
as you may need further treatment.
There is often bruising after an operation, especially on the face. This will usually disappear after a few days.
Who can I contact if I am worried when I get home?
If you need urgent advice out of hours, please use the following:
- Emergency general practice services
- Minor injuries unit
- Accident and emergency department.
Is there anything else I need to know?
If you have any forthcoming holidays planned, please inform your doctor so that your surgery can be booked to avoid these dates. Work and leisure activities may be affected, so again, discuss any concerns with your doctor before surgery.
Although we do try to see you at your given appointment time, you may have to wait longer than expected. Please bear with us. This may be due to the operation before yours having taken longer than expected, or due to urgent cases having to be seen.
It is important to avoid alcohol for 24 hours after the operation. Alcohol increases blood pressure so increases the risk of bleeding after surgery.
Also avoid smoking post operatively, as this will delay wound healing.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like your feedback. If you wish to share your experience about your care and treatment or on behalf of a patient, please contact The Patient Experience Department who will advise you on how best to do this.
This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.