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Before-surgery checklist

Pre-Admission Facility

After you sign your consent forms, appointments will be made for you to attend the “Pre-admission Facility” (PAF). In the PAF, you will meet nurses who will prepare you for the day of surgery. The PAF appointment usually occurs days to weeks before the planned day of surgery. Make sure to bring all of your medicines, OHIP card, and inform staff of the names of your family members and referring doctors. Plan to spend at least half a day at the PAF. You will meet the nurse, the anesthesiologist and often the endocrinologist as well in PAF.

To prepare for surgery and the possibility of blood transfusion, you may choose to store some of your own blood in case a blood transfusion is needed. This is called “Autologous Donation” and can be combined with a medication called Eprex® to increase blood levels before surgery. The autologous donation can be done as long as you have several weeks before the planned surgery. Please note that autologous donation is covered by OHIP, but Eprex® is not. An autologous donation can be done through Canadian Blood Services If you are living far from Toronto, the blood can be couriered to St. Michael’s Hospital the day before surgery. Patients must have enough red blood cell levels before donation. Blood stored in this way can be saved for a maximum of 35 days. If you are interested to see if you are a candidate for this, please ask your doctor or contact the Blood Bank at St. Michael’s Hospital for more information.

Surgery

You should confirm the time of surgery the day before the planned surgery date by calling the Sullivan Lounge (Tel: 416-864-5253) between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please note: The Sullivan Lounge is closed on weekends and on statutory holidays. If your surgery is scheduled on a Monday or after a holiday, you must call on the Friday before your surgery.

You will need to arrive two hours before your scheduled surgery time to register: 6 a.m. is the earliest registration time.  It makes sense to arrive very early – if the surgery before yours is cancelled, then your surgery can be done earlier than planned. If your surgery is scheduled for 7:45 a.m., it is very important to be there by 6 a.m.

Bring your valid Ontario Health Card and, if applicable, additional insurance coverage information.

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Page last updated: June 3, 2016