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Getting ready for surgery

Hygiene and accessories

  1. Shower and wash your hair. Do NOT shave your surgical area
  2. Remove all make-up and nail polish
  3. Remove ALL jewelry (including wedding bands) and ALL body piercing before you come to the hospital. If you cannot remove rings, they will be cut off before your surgery
    • Jewelry left on can cause harm including:
      • Burns from the equipment
      • Swelling and less circulation in fingers and toes
      • Choking or other injuries from mouth jewelry
      • Infections
      • Skin tearing near the jewelry
      • Risk of injury to hospital staff

Medic-alert bracelets should be worn

Food and drink

  • DO NOT EAT ANY FOOD AFTER MIDNIGHT
  • DO NOT DRINK MILK, ORANGE JUICE (ANY JUICE WITH PULP), OR ALCOHOL AFTER MIDNIGHT
  • You may have clear fluids UP TO 2 HOURS before your surgery. Clear fluids include: clear apple or cranberry juice, clear broth, clear soft drinks, water, black tea or coffee; you may have sugar, but NOT milk, cream or whiteners
  • Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth on the morning of surgery, but do not swallow any toothpaste

PERFUME:
Please DO NOT use perfume, cologne, aftershave, hairspray or scented cream on the day of your surgery; it is not allowed in the Operating Room

If you smoke

Smoking can affect your healing and make your chances of getting an infection after the surgery higher.

Quitting Aids:

  • Try to stop, or smoke less before your surgery
  • DO NOT smoke any tobacco products or recreational drugs on the day of your surgery
  • Speak to your doctor or nurse if you would like to quit smoking or you need help your surgery
  • Find more resources on Sunnybrook's website at sunnybrook.ca/quitsmoking

Medication  instructions

  • You will be given directions about any medications you take in either your in-hospital or telephone appointment with Sunnybrook's Pre-Anesthesia clinic
  • On the day of your surgery, please bring to the hospital all your prescription medications in their original containers or blister packs

If you are a diabetic

  • Do NOT take any insulin or oral diabetic medication on the day of surgery
  • All insulin pump patients will be give specific instructions
  • If you are going home on the same day as your surgery, AND you take insulin, you will be seen by a Registered Nurse who specializes in diabetes; she will tell you how to continue your medication once you are at home
  • Please bring a snack with you for after the surgery

If you are taking blood thinner medications or herbal supplements you may be asked to stop them a few days before your surgery.