Before Your Surgery

There are some restrictions on what you can eat or drink the night before and the day of your operation. It is important that you follow these instructions. Otherwise your operation may be postponed.Do not drink any alcoholic beverages or take any recreational drugs 24 hours before your surgery.The evening before your operation, you may have a light supper, with no fried foods:

  • do not eat any solid food after midnight prior to your surgery
  • if your surgeon or anaesthesiologist allows, you may drink clear fluids up to four hours before you arrive at the Hospital. These include water, apple juice without pulp, carbonated beverages and coffee or tea without milk and sugar.


Unless your surgeon has specified otherwise, you may take your normal morning medication(s) with small sips of water. The anaesthesiologist may also give special instructions about your medication(s) to you. Be sure to bring in all medication(s) you are currently taking. Herbs and ASA – talk with the anaesthesiologist for instructions. Make sure you fill any prescriptions for pain medication that your surgeon may have given you before you come to the hospital. That way, you will have everything you may need available when you return home.

Personal Hygiene

The night before or the day of your surgery, have a bath or shower and wash your hair. Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing and do not wear any makeup or nail polish to the Hospital. You may also be required to remove any contact lenses, dentures or partial plates. Please bring appropriate containers for these articles. If you wear eyeglasses, hearing aids or artificial appliances, be sure to bring these with you as well. You will not be permitted to wear your contacts during surgery.


It is recommended that you do not smoke for 24 hours before a general anaesthetic. It will be easier to breathe after your surgery.

The Day of Your Surgery

Please bring any x-rays, consents or other information about your operation that you may have received from your doctors.Do not bring large sums of money, non-essential clothing, luggage or jewelry with you to the HospitalHave someone bring you to the Hospital and stay with you if:

  • you need an interpreter to help you speak or understand English,
  • you have physical or mental handicaps which require the assistance of a family member/ health care professional, or
  • you are under 18 years of age

After you have been admitted and before your operation, you will have a waiting period. You may wish to bring a book or magazine or activity to look at during this time. An intravenous (IV) will be started in your arm before your operation and intravenous fluid will be given to you during surgery. The IV will be discontinued in the recovery area (PACU) if you are not nauseated or vomiting or if you do not require medication.You will not be allowed to drive home, so please arrange to have a responsible person drive you home. You will also need to arrange to have someone care for you at home for the next 24 hours. Even after minor surgery and light sedation you may feel drowsy.

After Your Surgery

Following your surgery, patients usually need to stay for a short time in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU or Recovery Room) before returning to your Day Surgery Unit or Inpatient Room.

Limited visiting by parents of children is permitted at the discretion of the PACU nurse in the Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU). If requested, the surgeon will speak with the family following the surgery. Information regarding a patient's status can be obtained from the Day Surgery Nurses for patients in the PACU. Please note that the patient may not be released immediately after the surgery, and visitors may have to wait for a while in the Operating Room waiting room.

Discharge Instructions

You will receive specific discharge instructions from your surgeon and there is a telephone number on the back to call should you have any questions.

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