Getting ready for your surgery

You have an important part in getting ready for your surgery. Planning ahead and getting your body healthy can make your hospital stay more comfortable. It also gets you home and helps you recover faster

Learn more on how you can best prepare for your surgery, or watch this videoDownload this PDF for resources to reduce preoperative anxiety.

Pre-admission Clinic (PAC)

If your surgeon requires you to go for a PAC appointment, the hospital will call you before the surgery date with your appointment date and time.

PAC appointment:

  • You will meet with a nurse, who will explain how to get ready for your surgery and what to expect while you’re in the hospital
  • You may meet other healthcare providers your surgeon wants you to see
  • You may meet with an anesthesiologist to talk about your anesthesia plan and options for pain relief
    You’ll also be asked to bring a list of medications and vitamins to your PAC appointment. Your surgeon will let you know which medications to stop taking before your surgery and when to stop taking it.
  • You may meet with an internal medicine doctor to talk about some health conditions you may have
  • You may meet with wound/ostomy nurses if you need some skin marking before surgery

View this short video on your pre-admission clinic experience.

Pre-admission Clinic 
St. Marguerite building on the 2nd floor

Confirming your surgery time

You will receive a phone call from the Pre-admission Clinic (PAC) to confirm your surgery time between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. the day before your surgery.

If your surgery is on Monday, you will receive a call the Friday before.

If you have not heard from PAC by 2:00 p.m. the day before your surgery, please call 780.735.7406 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to confirm your time.

Before surgery checklist

 Find out what you can do both the day before and the morning of surgery to make sure you all fully prepared.

Following the checklist before your surgery will help you feel better sooner and recover faster.

Eating and drinking before surgery

You will need to follow an eating and drinking schedule before your surgery to ensure your safety in the operating room. If you don’t follow the instructions given by your surgeon, your surgery may be cancelled so follow the instructions carefully.

If you don’t have diabetes, you will need to click on the previous link, unless your surgeon has given you different instructions. Click on this link if you have diabetes.

Do you have questions about when to stop eating and drinking?

Talk to a nurse on unit 23 by calling 780.735.7400. They are open until 8:00 p.m.

If you are not sure when to stop eating and drinking, stop at midnight to avoid being cancelled.

 Learn more about eating and drinking before surgery.

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