Pre-habilitation involves improving your function before surgery to reduce the risk of later complications. Dr Jonathan Cabot may advise that you undertake one or more of the following actions:

  • Weight optimisation
  • Smoking cessation
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Pre-operative exercises
  • Physiotherapy

Specific instructions will be provided if this is the case. You may be referred to another medical professional who can assist.


An admissions nurse or another member of Dr Jonathan Cabot’s team will contact you via phone prior to your admission date. This call will confirm your hospital details, required fasting times, and your plans for hospital discharge. Your nurse will also answer your questions about your admission and procedure.

  • Fasting before surgery
  • Pre-admission documents
  • When to contact your surgical team
  • Day of procedure
  • What to bring to hospital
  • What to leave at home

Hospital admission

When arriving at hospital, head to the reception desk and notify the reception staff of your arrival. They will confirm your identity, process your admission, and fit you with an identification band around your wrist.

A nurse will escort you to pre-admission area. You will be given information about your hospital stay, asked about your medical and surgical history, and have your blood pressure taken. You will then be asked to change into a hospital gown and your belongings will be securely stored.

After changing, hospital staff will make you comfortable in the admission lounge. Your anaesthetist may visit you during this time and ask about your health and medication history.

You will then be escorted to the operating theatre. Your identity will be verified, your procedure will be confirmed, and your medical history will be reviewed once more. Dr Jonathan Cabot and his theatre team will remain with you throughout the procedure.

Hospital discharge

After surgery, you will spend some time in a recovery room before being transferred to an appropriate ward. The ward staff will provide an approximate date and time for your discharge.

Written information about post-operative instructions, pain management, wound care, and your recovery plan will be provided on discharge. Please review this information before you leave the hospital and speak to a nurse if clarification is required.

  • Discharge timelines
  • Early discharge