What You Need To Know
On the day of your surgery, please report to the Pre-Admission Clinic at least two hours before your scheduled surgery (two and a half hours for Cataract surgery). You will be prepared for your surgery and then transported to the surgical day care unit.
After your surgery, you will be either transported back to the surgical daycare unit, or if you are admitted overnight you will be transferred to an inpatient unit. Please arrive on time!
What should I wear?
Please wear loose fitting clothing and flat shoes. We will provide you with a hospital gown. Do not wear make-up, nail polish, contact lenses or any jewellery, including all piercings. If you cannot remove any jewellery/piercing, please have it professionally removed prior to your surgery day, due to a risk of surgical burn related to cautery use and potential circulation impairment due to swelling. You can wear hearing aids, dentures and glasses, but you will be asked to remove them before surgery. Please bring a hearing aid case, a denture cup and a case for your glasses, if needed.
On the Day of your Surgery
We will ask you to change into a hospital gown. You will be seen by a nurse who will ask you a few questions and will take your pulse, temperature and blood pressure. The nurse will start an intravenous line in your hand.
The Patient Waiting Area
You will wait in the patient waiting area. From this area, we will take you to the Operating Room.
We will help you onto the operating table. We will put a blood pressure cuff on your arm, an oxygen monitor on your finger, a heart monitor on your chest and a mask on your face to deliver oxygen. At this time, you will be involved in the briefing portion of the Surgical Safety Checklist. Then, you will be given an anaesthetic.
Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU)
You may be taken to the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (sometimes referred to as the Recovery Room) after your surgery. Whether or not you are taken to the PACU depends on the type of anaesthetic you had. The PACU is a large room and there may be several other patients in the room with you. During your stay in the PACU, you will probably hear the constant beep and whirl of the many machines that are monitoring patients. You may also see and hear a number of nurses and physicians going about their business.
The PACU nurses will measure your pulse, breathing and blood pressure frequently. You will wake up in the PACU. You may have an oxygen mask over your mouth and nose. Your stay in the PACU will be between half (1/2) an hour and two (2) hours, depending on the type of surgery you have had.
After PACU, you will return to Surgical Day Care. When you have recovered from the anaesthetic, you will be offered a drink of juice or ginger ale.