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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
Repeat Wednesday 16:30
Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Tuesday 28 August 2007
Surgeons carrying out an operation

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Me and my operation

In the first programme of the new series of Case Notes, Dr Mark Porter finds out what it’s like to have an operation.

Last year nearly seven million operations were performed by the NHS, but for many of us, having an operation is a worrying experience, prompting a number of important questions that need answering.

When do you need a general anaesthetic? Is keyhole surgery better than open surgery? Will you be treated in a dignified way when you are asleep? Will there be post-operative pain or nausea? What are the chances of catching MRSA?  How quickly can you go back to work?

Dr Mark Porter answers these questions and dispels the myths surrounding having an operation.

He visits Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he follows a patient undergoing a gallbladder operation and also captures the experiences of a patient having major knee surgery at University College Hospital in London.
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