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Your Surgery Journey Video Series

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you’re having surgery, you probably have so​me questions. These videos help you get ready for your surgery and explain the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program. You’ll find out what to expect before you get to the hospital, the day of your surgery, and when you go home after surgery. Following ERAS can help you feel better sooner.


Video 1: An Introduction (3:43​​ minutes)​​
You have an important part in getting ready for your surgery. In Alberta, the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program focuses on what can be done before, during, and after surgery to get you back to normal more quickly.


Video 2: Pre-Admission Visit or Call (3:33 minutes)

Learn what to expect from your pre-admission visit or phone call to help you get ready for your surgery.


Video 3: Getting Ready at Home​ (8:11 minutes)
Find out how planning ahead and getting your body healthy can make your hospital stay more comfortable. It also gets you home faster and helps speed up your recovery.


​​Video 4: Eating & Drinking Before Surgery​ ​(5:14 minutes)
Learn how to eat and drink to help your body get ready for surgery, and to help you heal quicker after surgery. We make it possible for you to eat and drink as close as possible to your surgery time, and help you to start eating solid foods as soon as possible after your surgery.​

Video 5: Day of Surgery (3:07 minutes)
Knowing what to expect when you get to the hospital for your surgery can help reduce anxiety and make you feel more comfortable. This video tells you about each step of the admission process, right up to going into the operating room.​


Video 6: Anesthesia and Pain Control (2:34 minutes)​
Many people having surgery are worried about how their pain will be managed. Dr. Michael Chong explains how we will keep you comfortable with anesthesia and pain control during your surgery.


Video 7: The Operating Room (3:50 minutes)
Take a virtual tour through a real Alberta operating room so you can understand what will happen during your surgery.


Video 8: The Recovery Room (3:35 minutes)
After your surgery you will be moved to the recovery room. Watch a recovery room nurse talk about how you will be cared for and kept comfortable during this time.


Video 9: Your Hospital Room (3:43 minutes)
After your surgery you will be moved to a hospital room. Find out what to expect and how your health care team will support you as you start your recovery.


Video 10: Managing Pain and Nausea (3:51 minutes)
Learn how to use the pain and nausea scales to work with your health care providers. This helps them manage your care and stay in control of pain and nausea.


Video 11: Eating and Moving after Surgery (4:29 minutes)
Moving and eating soon after surgery are important to a speedy recovery. Learn about what you can and should eat after surgery and how you can get moving.


​​Video 12: Stomas and Ostomies​ ​(6:37 minutes)
Any time you have bowel or bladder surgery, an ostomy or opening may need to be created. This video will introduce you to ostomies and what to expect if you have one.​


Video 13: Breathe Easy (3:34 minutes)
Keeping your lungs healthy is an important part of your recovery. It helps prevent other illnesses like pneumonia. Kayla, a respiratory therapist, explains the monitors, tests, and exercises that will help you breathe easy after surgery.


​​Video 14: Back Home ​(4:17 minutes)
You may have questions after you get home from your surgery. Alberta surgeon Dr. Mike Chatenay answers some of the most common questions his patients ask.​

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Current as of: May 19, 2017

Author: Surgery Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services