My pre-op for Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery

Well times ticking away and i’ve just remembered that i didn’t post about last weeks pre-op at The Salford Royal Hospital. My surgery is less than two weeks away now! **thumbs up

Ok so last tuesday, i went across to Salford Royal’s pre-op department and was placed under the care of a trendy looking Sister W. When i say trendy she was probably mid thirties with a nice hair do and a really friendly personality. Oh and it took 1.5hr to get the hospital from Wigan!!!

The pre-op department is within the new side of the hospital and is ultra modern! Even has trendy furniture too.

The department was pretty busy and i’d already clocked Sister W dashing about from one examination room to another. My turn came and she took me and Amy into her treatment room. She reviewed my notes on the forthcoming surgery then went through my medical history.

Nothing worth mentioning other than she was interested to hear about the 3-4 episodes of SVT that i had experienced in around 2007+. She asked what the outcome was and i told her that each of the episodes had required a visit to A&E and an injection of Adenosine to bring the heart rate down. Basically, in each episode my heart would start racing for no reason and get to 180+ beats per minute. Since those episodes nothing had happened since :)

After the last episode i was referred to a Cardiologist and i have a copy of his report which didn’t pick up on anything albeit did say that he would follow up in 6months. I had forgotten this but Sister M said that she would have a chat with the anesthetist whilst i was having some further tests. They were concerned that i might have a condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

She sent me down for an ECG some bloods and that MRSA test. The MRSA test was bit odd but i got a giggle…..

Whilst i was having my bloods taken there was a student nurse actually taking the bloods. At one point the other nurse asked if she could swab up my nose for something but that it would probably tickle. I said fine and yes it did tickle. I said for a second i thought that you were going to ask to swab somewhere funny. She said well that’s for you to do.

I said oh i thought it was getting the full works, didnt realise it was DIY day. This got a laugh. The student nurse then asked me to go to the gents and swab somewhere cheeky which was fine. On the way back into to room i sneezed and said it had also tickled my nose…… both nurses burst into laughter. Apparently, i made their morning.

Next Sister W said that the anesthetist was ok with my ECG but that the cardiologist wanted me to follow up the SVT with my GP. I was getting worried that they might cancel my operation but after 30 mins they came back and said no we wont cancel your operation, the anesthetist is aware of the SVT history and that should be fine just make an appointment with your GP.

So i was signed off and all ready for my operation on 5th Novemeber.

Yesterday i went along to see my GP, Dr S, and he went through the SVT episodes and gave me a copy of the cardiologists report from 2008. Basically they couldn’t detect an issue and my GP said that he was’t going to follow this up as i hadn’t had any episodes since. Apparently, the ECG would only pick up on the SVT when it was happening. He just asked me to keep an eye on it.

So other than that it’s full steam ahead.



  1. Pleased your appointment went well and you all had a laugh, good to incorporate a bit of humour! Good luck for operation Richard hope it goes smoothly. Enjoy the fireworks on the 4th. Will be thinking of you. Val x

    • Thanks for posting. Yes defo feels like an adventure of sorts ;) Just hope the hospital feed me properly. Biggest worry has always been when the next meal is coming!

      • Haha! Yes, that used to be my concern as well, but they did feed me good!
        But yeah, if its a transsphenoidal surgery (which I think it would be), then you might have slight trouble while eating and more while drinking, since they would have stuffed your nose and hence you would have to use your mouth for respiration.

  2. Richard,

    All the best in your op tomorrow, we’re all thinking of you! Enjoy the hospital food (I did & the puddings are great by the way!).