My op was on a Wednesday morning so I had to be at the hospital for 7.30am, it being an hour away and my last opportunity for a proper shower, it was an early start! Everyone’s experience will be slightly different depending on the hospital, your consultants and also the type of surgery.
I ‘checked in’ and ran through the usual checks with the nurse, met the anaesthetist and my surgeons who went to town with the blue marker pen on my chest. I got ready in to the ‘oh so fashionable’ hospital gown and waited to be called down to theatre.
I went down to theatre at about 10am and woke up in recovery around 1.30pm. I had two surgeons (one for the left breast, Mr Cunnick and one for the right, Mr Ahmed) this meant my time in theatre was shorter. A good question at your initial appointment is to ask the estimated time you will be in theatre, this will differ depending on whether you are having reconstruction at the same time, but also what type of reconstruction.
I did not google, you tube or watch anything about my surgery as I know what I am like, I would be completely spooked. You know yourself best, you may want to know the ins and outs, however not being able to visualise what was going to happen etc helped my anxiety a lot. I just thought to myself, ‘I am asleep the whole time and I will wake up and deal with the aftermath… what happens in between is their job, I don’t need to know’.