Further information

General preparation for surgery

WORKING WITH YOUR SURGEON

Here are some ways to best prepare for surgery:

  • Discuss any medications you are taking with your surgeon and your family physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery
  • If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery
  • Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection later
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron
  • Report any infections. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up

HOME PLANNING POST SURGERY

If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:

  • Have someone available to take you home – you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours
  • Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry
  • Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home
  • The combination of anaesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours

Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain