Before surgery the patient will undergo a medical examination by an anesthesiologist.
Tests which could be performed during this time include:
- Blood tests (blood count, electrolytes and coagulation)
- Chest X-ray
- Nose swab for MRSA
Patients should bring to this meeting:
- Patient medications in original packaging
- Summary of the medical condition by the family doctor
- Financial commitment document
- Self-blood donation – if desired, the patient can donate two units of blood for surgery.
This blood can be kept for several months before surgery.
People who smoke are at a higher risk of developing complications with their lungs and circulation. Smoking reduces blood flow to tissues, speeds up the activity of the heart and increases blood pressure.
Talk to your family doctor about ways to help you stop smoking. Stopping smoking several months before surgery, even for a short time, can reduce risks associated with surgery and improve surgical success.
Illness before Surgery
If you develop a cold, flu, or gastric symptoms (such as diarrhea) before your surgery, please call your surgeon’s office.
Additional Information relating to Admission
- In patient referral form
- Financial commitment from a hospital or any other financial arrangement for hospitalization
- Blood tests – blood test results
- ECG – Patients over the age of 40
- Chest X-ray – patients over 60.
- Additional tests – X-rays, MRI, CT, bone scans, and all results
- Tests performed before surgery
- Confirmation of blood donation (or insurance)
- Updated letter from the family doctor regarding state of health
- Personal items- the patient may wish to bring personal items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hair brush, wet wipes, grazor, slippers, dressing gown and bathrobe.