Adult Patient Information
Before Your Surgery
The following information is provided to increase the safety and comfort of your surgical experience. The following information may not apply directly to you and any specific directions given to you by your surgeon or anesthesiologist should be followed.
A) Preparation for surgery
You will have been scheduled for any pre-operative tests that are required prior to surgery. You also will hopefully have had a chance to fill out our patient pre-anesthetic questionnaire at your surgeon's office (if not, we will have you complete this on the day of your operation when you arrive at the centre).
B) Fasting Guidelines
You should not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery. This is to ensure you stomach is empty at the time of surgery. You should take all your regular medications unless instructed not to (small sips of water are ok). For procedures scheduled late in the day it may be possible to have some intake in the morning – you will be told specifically if this is safe for you. If the fasting guidelines given to you have not been followed correctly your surgery may be delayed or cancelled in the interest of your safety. If you have any doubt please call the centre or your surgeon's office.
C) What to Wear
Please wear loose comfortable clothing on the day of surgery. Leave valuables and jewelry at home. It is best not to wear any makeup. The centre cannot be responsible for lost articles.
During Your Surgery
Nowadays, surgery and anesthesia are very safe. There are however risks and benefits involved related to the surgery and anesthetic you are having. Your surgeon will have discussed the risks and benefits of your particular operation in detail. You will see your anesthesiologist prior to the operation and he/she will be able to answer any questions you may have about the anesthetic.
Prior to going to sleep you will have an intravenous started and you blood pressure will be taken. After a few breaths of oxygen the medicine will be injected to make you fall asleep until the end of your operation.
After Your Operation
Recovery after surgery is variable for different people and depends on what type of surgery and anesthesia you received. The amount of pain will vary with different procedures and your surgeon should have told you what to expect in this regard. We utilize many different pain management techniques to try and make your experience as comfortable as possible. You must have someone to take you home from the centre after your surgery. You should not be alone for the night after your surgery.