The doctor will ask you to sign a consent form, which is a written record that you have agreed to the planned operation.
Before you can give your consent, your doctor will discuss with you what the operation is likely to involve, the benefits and risks, the type of anaesthetic and any alternative treatments. You may also be given some written information to back up what you have been told.
It is important that you understand the information you have been given, so ask questions if you don’t understand or if you want more information. Your doctor will write the main benefits and risks associated with the operation on the consent form before you sign it and you will then be given a copy of the page with the details of the operation.