Preparing for Surgery

  • Please shower at home the evening before surgery or in the morning.
  • Please do not shave the surgical site! It will be done for you if necessary. Shaving yourself increases the risk of infection.
  • For morning surgery, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery unless otherwise instructed. This includes coffee, tea, water, and juice! Medication with a small sip of water is OK. For afternoon surgery, a small breakfast BEFORE 8AM is OK, and nothing after that. Your surgery may be cancelled if you do not follow these instructions.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to your surgery.
  • Do not smoke for 4 weeks before surgery or your risk of serious complications increases.
  • Ask us if you are permitted to take your routine medications (such as those for heart, blood pressure, or insulin etc.) before arriving for surgery.
  • You may be asked to stop aspirin, warfarin, or any other blood thinner 5-7 days prior to surgery in consultation with your treating surgeon
  • Do not bring valuables such as money, jewellery etc. Do not wear make-up.
  • Bring toiletries and loose fitting, comfortable clothing to wear upon discharge.
  • You will be required to remove contact lenses, jewellery, dentures, and wigs
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after discharge.
  • Notify us if there is a change in your condition prior to surgery (such as a cold, cough, fever or infection). If severe, your surgery may need to be postponed for your safety.

The Day of Your Surgery

  • On the day of your surgery, report to hospital reception.
  • If you have not already done so, you will meet your anaesthetist
  • After the operation, you will spend some time in the recovery room before going to the ward
  • After discharge, and if you are taking prescription pain medicine, you are not permitted to:
    • Drive a car nor operate power equipment
    • Drink alcohol
    • Sign important papers
    • Instructions regarding safe resumption of the above activities will be provided by your surgeon.


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