Preparation for Surgery


Local Anaesthetic Procedures

Local Anaesthetic (LA) procedures are undertaken in our operating room at our Miranda Practice. We do not carry out IV Sedation in our Miranda Rooms. IV Sedation can be done in hospital. Prior to any procedure please advise our nursing staff if you are taking any blood thinning medication.

On the day of your LA procedure:

  1. Eat breakfast as normal
  2. Clean your teeth
  3. Do not wear lipstick or strong perfumes
  4. Bring x-rays to appointment
  5. Arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time

At the time of your LA procedure:

  1. Nursing staff will take you into the operating room, they will take your blood pressure (if needed) ask about your medical history and medications, ensuring nothing has changed since your consultation.
  2. Nursing staff will place protective glasses on your eyes and sterile drapes across your chest and part of your head leaving your face exposed.
  3. Your surgeon will then give you a local anaesthetic injection to numb the surgery site.
  4. You will be awake during the procedure.
  5. After your procedure you will be required to remain in our rooms for 10-30 minutes so we can monitor you post operatively.

Payment on day of the procedure is required.

If a specimen is sent to Pathology for testing, the Pathology company will send an invoice directly to you for payment, this invoice may attract a Medicare rebate.

For straight forward surgery you will receive a follow up phone call from our nursing staff, for the more involve surgery you will have a post operative appointment 7-14 days following to ensure everything is healing.


General Anaesthetic Procedures

General Anaesthetic (GA) procedures are carried out in hospital. Our surgeons operate at Kareena Private Hospital, Kingsway Day Surgery, St George Private Hospital and National Day Surgery, Kogarah.

On the day of your GA procedure:

  1. Fast (no eating or drinking) as per instructions from the hospital (usually 6 hours prior to surgery).
  2. A/Prof Sherring’s patient’s need to take any relevant x-rays to hospital.
  3. Dr Anker takes his patient’s x-rays to hospital.
  4. Arrive at hospital on time.
  5. Your anaesthetist will visit you prior to surgery for a consultation and to discuss your medical history and any concerns you may have.

At the time of your GA procedure:

  1. Your anaesthetist will put you to sleep and monitor your vitals during the procedure. He will also prescribe any pain relief or antibiotics (if required) for the post operative period.
  2. You will wake up in recovery and then be moved to the day surgery unit or an overnight room.
  3. You surgeon will see you after your surgery and if you are staying in hospital overnight, your surgeon will see you again the following morning.
If a specimen is sent to Pathology for testing, the Pathology company will send an invoice directly to you for payment, this invoice may attract a Medicare rebate. Generally you will have a post operative appointment 7-14 days following your procedure so your surgeon can ensure everything is healing.