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The day before surgery

Reminder call

You will receive a call between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the last business day before your surgery to confirm the time of your registration and the time of your surgery. Please note that your registration time could be as early as 6:00 a.m..

Planning ahead

  • If you are staying in the hospital overnight, you need to pack a bag that a friend or family member can bring to your room after surgery. Items to include: toothbrush, toothpaste, hearing aids, hair supplies, soap and other toiletries, housecoat, socks and slippers.
  • Do not bring money, jewelry or valuables. The hospital will not take responsibility for your belongings.
  • Call family or friends who may be able to help you after surgery. Plan for one of them to be with you the day you go home.
  • Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home when you are discharged from the hospital. 

Before you arrive

  • Please inform your surgeon's office office if you have a cold, fever or illness of any kind. Your operation date may need to be changed.
  • Patients who do not read or speak English must bring a translator with them.
  • If you are going home the same day, you must have a responsible adult drive you home and stay with you overnight. The TTC bus is not acceptable. Your clothes and belongings will be given to your companion for safe keeping and he or she will bring them to you once you have settled into your post-operative bed.
  • If you are taking blood thinner medications or herbal supplements you may be asked to stop them a few days before your surgery.

Medical instructions

Your anaethesiologist will advise you which medications you need to take (with sips of water) before you leave your home to come to the hospital. Please bring your medications with you in their original containers.

If you have diabetes

  • Do not take any insulin or oral diabetic medication on the day of surgery.
  • 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. He or she will tell you how to continue your medication once you are at home.
  • Please bring a snack with you.