General Instructions for Patients Having Surgery

Before You Come to Have Your Surgery or Procedure

The Night Before Surgery

On the Day of Your Surgery

You Will Need

Admission / Registration

Please come to the hospital 2 hours before the time of your surgery. Go to Surgery Check-In if your procedure/surgery is done at the Mississauga site or Registration Desk if your procedure/surgery is to be done at the West Toronto site.

Following Your Surgery or Procedure

Following Surgery at Home

The first few days after surgery are an important time for healing. Following these steps will help in your recovery and prevent infection.

Following Surgery at the Hospital

Pain Management

When can I eat after Surgery?

Depending on your progression and type of surgery, you will start sips of fluids once bowel sounds have returned.† The diet after surgery normally progresses from fluids, to a light diet, and then to a regular diet. Starting to eat too quickly may cause stomach upset and other problems.† Your nurses and doctor will give you instructions about food, activity, and more.† Donít hesitate to ask questions about your care.

How to Keep the Incision Clean?

Reasons to call your doctor

Call you doctor if:

Taking Steps for your Health

There are steps you can take to help avoid atherosclerosis and other complications. These include:

  1. Smoking cessation
  2. Improving cholesterol levels
  3. Reducing elevated blood pressure
  4. Stress reduction
  5. Regular exercise
  6. Achieving/maintaining a healthy weight
  7. Achieving/maintaining good blood sugar levels if you have diabetes
Tip: Moderate exercise such as walking 15-30 minutes each day can lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, assist with weight loss and relieve stress.