About surgery

Find out when you might have surgery for cancer, including to diagnose it, treat it, or reduce your risk of getting cancer.

Before your operation

Preparing for surgery, going into hospital and what to expect on the day.

Immediately after your operation

What to expect immediately after your operation.

The first few days after surgery

What to expect for the first few days after your surgery and anaesthetic.

Going home after surgery

Possible problems after surgery and what to ask doctors and nurses before you go home.

Possible long term problems

Find out about possible long term complications after an operation.

Last reviewed: 
20 Mar 2019

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