Preparing for Surgery

Pre Admission Information

Once you have confirmed a surgical date for your procedure with Prof Mark Ashton, you will then receive additional information regarding the hospital admission. You will also be required to complete a series of forms, which you will need to send to the hospital prior to your surgery.

Prof Mark Ashton’s Practice Manager will discuss with you all of the important information you will need in preparation for your hospital admission. You will receive detailed information outlining;

  • Date and Time of your hospital admission
  • Specific instructions you must follow. This includes instructions about fasting and any medication you may be taking
  • Your anticipated length of stay.
  • Anticipated surgical costs discussed with Prof Mark Ashton’s Practice Manager.

At the time of admission, the hospital may also discuss your insurance status and personal details and a registered nurse may discuss with you any special needs, medical conditions and confirmation of pick-up and overnight arrangements if required.


Prior to surgery, Prof Mark Ashton will discuss with you any important instructions regarding any medication you may be taking.

It important that you fully discuss with Prof Mark Ashton any blood thinning medications you may be prescribed. This includes Aspirin, Cartia, Warfarin, Coumadin, Plavix, Asasantin, Iscover and Persantin and some anti-inflammatory drugs and any vitamins or naturopathic supplements.


The admission information provided by Prof Ashton’s rooms will specify what time you are to start fasting.

It is very important that you follow these instructions carefully; if not it may be necessary to postpone your surgery.

What to Bring With You

  • Contact number for the person taking you home
  • Magazines/books
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • A change of clothes/pyjamas/toiletries if you are staying in hospital

Do not bring any valuable items such as jewellery with you to the hospital. Jewellery you are wearing may need to be removed or taped prior to surgery.

Hospital Admission Day

On admission day, you will be seen by your anaesthetist and Prof Mark Ashton prior to surgery. Prof Mark Ashton will again outline the operation and mark all surgical sites accordingly. Should you have any last minute questions ask Prof Mark Ashton at this time. You will also be asked to confirm the procedures you are undergoing to the nursing staff and anaesthetist.

If you would like to make an appointment with Prof Mark Ashton to discuss a procedure please call (03) 8560 0590