Preparing for surgery

You have a pre assessment appointment 1 or 2 weeks before your neuroendocrine tumour (NET) surgery. This appointment prepares you for the operation and checks that you are fit for surgery. You also meet some of the members of your treatment team.

Tests to check you are fit for surgery

You have tests before your operation to check:

  • your fitness for an anaesthetic, if you need one
  • that you’ll make a good recovery from surgery

You might have some or all of the following tests:

  • blood tests to check your general health and how well your kidneys are working
  • a swab test to rule out some infections
  • an ECG Open a glossary item to check that your heart is healthy
  • breathing tests (called lung function tests)
  • an echocardiogram Open a glossary item 
  • a chest x-ray to check that your lungs are healthy
  • a cardio pulmonary exercise test (which checks your heart and lung function when you're resting and exercising)

Who you might meet before your operation

You will see your surgeon before your operation. You may also see an anaesthetist, pharmacist or other members of your treatment team. You may see them during your pre assessment or at a separate appointment.

Learning breathing and leg exercises

Breathing exercises help to stop you from getting a chest infection after surgery. If you smoke, it helps if you can stop at least a few weeks before your operation.

Leg exercises help to stop blood clots forming in your legs. You might also have medicines to stop the blood from clotting. You have them as small injections under the skin.

You start the injections after your operation. You might also wear compression stockings and pumps on your calves or feet to help the circulation.

Your nurse and physiotherapist will get you up out of bed quite quickly after your surgery. This is to help prevent chest infections and blood clots forming.

This 3-minute video shows you how to do the breathing and leg exercises.

The evening before

You might go to hospital the day before your surgery. If you are in hospital the evening before your operation, your nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse and breathing rate. They may also give you fluids through a drip (intravenous infusion) into a vein of your arm. This will prevent dehydration before your surgery.

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Last reviewed: 
16 Mar 2021
Next review due: 
16 Mar 2024

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