You have an important part in getting ready for your surgery. Planning ahead and getting your body as healthy as you can will help make your hospital stay more comfortable. It also gets you home faster and helps you recover more quickly.
Be as healthy as possible
For your own safety, tell your healthcare team if you use alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs including medicines such as
As part of your surgery journey, you'll talk with a nurse from the Pre-Admission Clinic (PAC). The PAC is a hospital department that helps you prepare for surgery. You may have this appointment at the hospital or over the phone.
This is an important time to talk about how to be as healthy as possible before your surgery and ask any questions you have. It’s important for you to follow all the instructions that the PAC team gives you.
The PAC healthcare team will:
In some cases, you may also meet with an anesthesiologist. This is a specially trained doctor who makes sure your pain and breathing are well controlled during surgery. They'll give you medicines to numb the area of your procedure or that makes you unconscious (sleep) during your surgery. They'll also give you any other medicines you need during surgery to manage your care safely.
Current as of: October 7, 2022
Author: Surgery Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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