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Before your operation

Your guide to preparing for surgery, going into hospital and what to expect on the day.

Preparing for surgery

Find out what to expect before having surgery, including the tests you may have and the people you might meet.

Going into hospital

What you need to take and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

On the day

Find out about what happens on the day of your surgery, including having an anaesthetic.

Last reviewed: 
20 Mar 2019
Next review due: 
20 Mar 2022
Coronavirus and cancer

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