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Your Surgery Journey: Patient Guide

Introduction to Your Surgery Journey

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you’re having surgery, you p​robably have some questions. This Patient Guide will help you get ready for your surgery and explains the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Care Pathway. You will find out what to expect before you go to the hospital, the day of your surgery, and when you go home after surgery. Following the ERAS Care Pathway helps you prepare for surgery, feel better sooner, and recover faster.

The ERAS Care Pathway steps, along with your healthcare team, will help you:

  • plan ahead for your recovery
  • be as healthy as possible before your surgery by:
    • being active
    • eating healthy and drinking enough fluids
    • managing your medical conditions
    • quitting tobacco
    • not drinking alcohol 24 hours before surgery
  • get ready for your surgery by talking with someone from the Pre-Admission Clinic
  • know what to do and what to expect the day before and the day of surgery
  • recover after your surgery by:
    • being active
    • eating healthy and drinking enough fluids
    • controll​ing pain and nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)
    • prepare for leaving the hospital (your discharge)
    • support your recovery at home

    Knowing what to expect will help you prepare for your surgery journey. It’s important to know:

    • You have an active part in preparing for your surgery and recovery.
    • You and your family are part of the healthcare team.
    • The best time to plan for your recovery is before your surgery.

    For more information, watch Your Surgery Journey Video Series​. ​

Current as of: May 31, 2019

Author: Surgery Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services