Jason Erasmus - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Christchurch, New Zealand

Before General Anaesthesia

Pre-operative Instructions:

  1. Your surgery will take place at St George’s Hospital Day Surgery Centre or Forte Health Hospital.  Please contact the hospital the day before your surgery to find out what time you should be admitted.
  2. Do not eat or drink anything (including water) for 6 hours prior to your surgery. This precaution is necessary to avoid the risk of vomiting during or after surgery.
  3. You are not allowed to drive a vehicle during the initial 24 hours following your surgery.  This means a responsible person will need to take you home. It is fine to use a taxi, but you must still have a responsible person to accompany you. Travelling alone after general anaesthesia is not appropriate.
  4. Please arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for the initial six hours following surgery.
  5. No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  6. Please wear comfortable, warm loose fitting clothes with loose sleeves and wear low-heeled shoes.
  7. Please do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  8. Please do not take herbal medication, such as arnica for 2 weeks prior to your surgery, as it could cause excessive bleeding during your surgery.
  9. If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  10. If you take routine oral medications, please check with Mr. Erasmus prior to your surgery for instructions.