What to expect prior to surgery

When you have been diagnosed with a condition necessitating surgery, you will have met your surgeon and s/he will have discussed the potential risks/complications and benefits of the operation to you.  This is your opportunity to ask questions about both the technical aspects of the procedure which are confusing to you as well as discuss the impact of the surgery in the short, medium and long term.

You will then communicate with the surgical booking personnel of the office who will schedule the date of your procedure if possible, or if not at that time, will contact you at a later date regarding the date of your operation.

In the weeks leading up to your procedure, you may be required to complete some preoperative bloodwork, and urine testing to update your file in preparation for the procedure.  You may also be required to undergo specialized testing or consultation if you have significant preexisting medical conditions which would increase your risk during the operation.  These tests are designed to provide information to optimize your condition prior to undergoing the operation.  Oftentimes, these tests are ordered and coordinated by the Preanesthetic Clinic (PAC) (run by the group of Anesthesiologists who will administer your sleeping medications for the procedure) who will either call you to discuss your current health condition or ask you to come in for a face-to-face discussion and examination.

Finally, 24 hours prior to your procedure, you may be asked to ingest a colonic cleanse, or perform evacuation enemas in order to facilitate the operation.  As well you will not be able to eat or drink anything after midnight of the day prior to your operation.  Clear fluids may be allowed up to 3 hours prior to your procedure; consult your physician or the PAC for details about your specific case.

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