Updated 08 January 2018

Anaesthesia fit?

Heading for surgery? Certain conditions can increase the risks associated with anaesthesia. Here's what you should know.


If you have cold or flu, you should wait six weeks before going in for the anaesthetic; if you're a smoker, it's best to stop smoking three months before undergoing surgery; your asthma should be fully controlled; if you've had a heart attack, it's best to postpone surgery for three months; if you have heart failure, it's essential that you be treated before surgery; if you're diabetic, your blood sugar should be under tight control; and if you're on chronic medication, especially for conditions such as hypertension, it's essential that you continue your medications right up to the day of surgery.

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