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In the lead up to a surgical procedure, you may be asked to attend a pre-operative assessment. If the assessment involves a visit to the hospital (rather than a phone or email conversation), some tests may be carried out. This is to check if you have any medical problems that might need to be treated before your operation, or if you'll need special care during or after the surgery. The tests you have will depend on what operation and the kind of anaesthetic you're having. 


You may wish to take a copy of  Preoperative assessment guidance - MCAS with you to hand to your preoperative nurse. The pamphlet describes specific areas for consideration in Mast Cell Activation (MCAS) patients, which may be helpful to your pre-operative/surgical/post-operative team. You may also wish to keep a copy in your hospital 'grab bag' in case of emergency/unplanned surgical admittance.


Produced by the author of Understanding Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (a publication recommended by the RCGP and used within the wider NHS), this pamphlet has been reviewed and edited by Dr Bethan Myers (please note that, due to its intended use as an educational tool for health care professionals, the content is written in a style aimed primarily at healthcare professionals).

The information on this pamphlet aims to help surgeons and anaesthetists consider the more common concerns that arise in patients with MCAS, and helps raise funds for the Hypermobility Syndromes Association, Ehlers-Danlos Support UK, EDS Wellness and the Ehlers-Danlos Society (a percentage of the profit from each pamphlet sold will be split between these charities and non profit organisations).

Copyright & design rights © Claire Smith, Redcliff-House Publications.


Professional reference pamphlets, in this series from Redcliff-house Publications, are designed primarily for health professionals to use. They are reviewed by health care professionals and based on research evidence.


It is envisaged that this pamphlet will be taken, by the patient, to their pre-operative assessment and handed to the pre-operative nurse or registrar.  The pamphlet can then be held on file for the information of the surgical team and others involved in the patient's procedure, recovery and rehabilitation.



Pre-operative assessment guidance - MCAS

  • Author: Claire Smith

    ISBN: 978-1-9997300-4-8

    Format: Pamphlet

    Language: English

    Publishers: Redcliff-House Publications

    Pages: 4 sides (A4)

    Product dimensions:  A4 pamphlet 21cm wide x 29.7cm high

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