Information for Surgical Patients
Preparing for Surgery: What to do the day of your surgery
On the morning of your surgery, please follow these guidelines.
- Do not take oral medicine on the day of your surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
- Before you leave home, remember to do the following:
- bring any medications you take on a daily basis
- bring an interpreter who can speak English, if needed
- If you are to receive
physiotherapy after surgery, please bring with you:
- comfortable clothing (such as a tracksuit)
- walking or running shoes
- Please ask your family
to bring your personal items after your surgery,
once you have been assigned a room. These may include:
- toothbrush and toothpaste
Note: If you are unable to have these items brought later, your clothes and other belongings will be transferred to your postsurgery unit.
- Do not wear
or bring the following:
- nail polish
- other cosmetics and perfumes
- credit cards
If you bring in the above items, you will be asked you sign a release form.
Leave the following at home:
- Large amounts of cash. (You may bring a small amount of cash for incidentals, such as a television rental, pay phone, or a newspaper.)
- Your car
- You cannot drive home after your operation.
- You must arrange with a friend or family member to take you home by taxi or car. Have them call 416-864-5736 before noon on the day of your release to arrange your discharge.
- Under no circumstances are you allowed to travel home by public transportation.
- You are advised not to attempt to perform any task that requires skill, coordination, or judgement for twenty-four (24) hours after your anesthetic.
Review the information on what to do the day before your surgery.
For more information, refer to the Pre-Admission Facility Pamphlet (49 KB pdf file).