If you are scheduled for surgery, Admissions will contact you with the date of your preadmission appointment and the date of your surgery.
You will be seen at our preadmission clinic a few days before the procedure. A nurse will answer your questions and schedule your preoperative examinations, where applicable.
To make your stay easier, we recommend you read these tips and instructions before you arrive at the hospital.
The day before your surgery
Time of the surgery
Make sure you’re available to receive the call confirming your surgery time. If your surgery is scheduled for the morning, arrive at 6:45 a.m. If it’s scheduled for the afternoon, arrive at 12 p.m.
Report any change in your health condition to the preadmission nurse: flu, cough, fever, cold, sore throat, urinary tract infection, skin abscess, late period (could indicate a pregnancy), or any other change.
Make sure to show up on time for your appointment; if you can’t make it, let the preadmission department know (ext. 2150) at least 48 hours in advance.
Preparing yourself, body and mind
- Do the preparations requested by your surgeon, where applicable.
- Since you need to be fasting, follow the instructions given during the preadmission appointment (recommendations about medications, eating and drinking).
- Maintain a positive attitude and talk about your concerns with a family member or trusted friend. Get a good night’s sleep.
- Don’t do any strenuous activity. Instead, rest, relax and take naps.
- Take a shower or bath to clean your skin and prevent infections.
- Avoid coffee and alcohol.
- Establish your recovery plan, including the help you’ll need with your personal hygiene, meals and housework.
Make sure a responsible person is with you on the day of the surgery and stays with you the first night.
What to pack in your suitcase
- Your health insurance card
- Your hospital card
- Your usual medications, in their original containers, including over-the-counter medications and natural products
- A robe and non-skid slippers
- Clothing that’s easy to put on and appropriate for your type of surgery
- Cases for your dentures, eyeglasses and contact lenses, where applicable
Do not bring any jewelry or valuable items with you to the hospital.
After the surgery, you will need to avoid moving around as much as possible. If the drive home is longer than an hour, arrange to stay overnight somewhere near the hospital.
If you’ve had general or regional anesthesia, you cannot drive for 24 hours after the surgery.
The day of your surgery
When you get up
- Do not eat or drink anything.
- Take your usual medications with a sip of water, EXCEPT for the ones indicated by the preadmission nurse.
- Take a bath or a shower. Do not apply makeup or nail polish, as this will prevent the surgeon from monitoring your skin colour during the procedure.
- Remove jewelry, contact lenses, hair clips and body piercings.
When you get to the hospital
- Arrive at the scheduled time in Day Surgery (you must be fasting), accompanied by a family member or friend.
- When you arrive, inform the nurse of any change in your health condition.
- The Day Surgery nurse will admit you and answer your questions, then complete the preparations for the surgery and fill out your medical record.
- An attendant will bring you to the operating block.
- After the surgery, you will be taken to Day Surgery or to your room, where we will take care of you until you are discharged.
For more information about the visiting hours and services offered, visit the page entitled Your stay at Hôpital du Suroît
After the surgery
You can leave the hospital as soon as your condition is stable. A nurse will give you the standard recommendations for your health condition and type of surgery.
Make sure you have:
- your health insurance card and hospital card;
- the prescriptions and recommendations from your doctor;
- your personal medications;
- the details of your next doctor’s appointment;
- a number to call in case of a medical emergency.
Pain and pain killers
You will be given pain killers after the surgery. If you are in pain, don’t hesitate to tell the nursing staff. Proper pain relief is important to your recovery process. We encourage you to get up quickly to avoid postoperative complications.
Your surgeon and the nursing staff will give you information about your recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to talk to them.