One Week before the Operation

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During this visit you will meet with an anesthesiologist and nursing team. They will discuss several steps that should be taken prior to your surgery. This may be done over the phone and your current medical history as well as other important information such as your current medications will be collected and reviewed.

Questions your anesthesiologist will ask you:

  • If you have had any previous operations and anesthetic experiences?

  • If you have had any previous operations and anesthetic experiences?

  • If any serious complications of anesthesia were experienced by you or your family members (for example, a reaction known as malignant hyperthermia)?

  • If you have any allergies or drug sensitivities?

  • If you have any chronic medical conditions. If yes, how are they managed and are they currently stable?

  • What medications you are taking, including prescription and over the counter medications, as well as any supplements?

We speak with you about:

  • Preparing for your hospital stay and coming to the hospital.

  • What happens during your surgery.

  • What kind of help you may need as you recover from surgery.

  • How to manage your pain and other symptoms.

  • Exercises and activities you must do after your surgery and after you leave the hospital.

  • How to plan for your recovery after surgery.

  • If your surgery might lead to creating a stoma. An enterostomal therapist will be present to discuss what this would entail and how you can manage it in your day-to-day life.

  • When to stop eating or drinking before surgery.

  • Which of your medications to take or not take prior to surgery. You may need to stop taking some medicines to reduce the risk of severe bleeding (specifically, blood thinners).

  • Your options for anesthesia (general anesthetic, regional anesthesia, sedation or combinations of these.)

  • The risks of anesthesia in your case given the type of surgery and any other medical conditions you may have (ie. heart, lung, liver, kidneys, thyroid, etc.)

  • What options for managing pain after your surgery can be offered (ie. patient controlled analgesia (IV pain pumps), an epidural or a nerve block.