PREPARING FOR SURGERY

What You Need To Know

A Pre-op Nurse will call you prior to your surgery to collect information about your health to expedite your admission process.

A scheduler will call you two days before your surgery, to give you the arrival time as well as the balance due on the day of surgery, if any.

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.

Food and Drink

The night before your surgery you may eat a light meal before 10:00 p.m. Do not drink or eat anything after midnight—not even coffee or water. You may brush your teeth, remembering not to swallow anything.

Pain patients may have clear liquids –no dairy, cream or fats– six (6) hours prior to your procedure IF you are having sedation.

Alcohol

Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before your arrival.

Smoking/Tobacco

No smoking/tobacco after midnight the night before your surgery.

Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewellery (including body jewellery)

Please remove all these items before surgery.

Clothing

Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Valuables

Please leave valuables at home.

What You Need The Day of The Surgery:

  • Information to Bring: Medical aid card and some form of identification -e.g. your ID or Drivers License.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you to the facility, remain during the procedure and take you home. Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the centre AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care for Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery.
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter over the age of 18 will be necessary.

Special Care for Children

We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting.

Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.

  • Drink : Children may not have anything to drink after mid-night
  • Food : Children must not eat anything after 10pm. Please do not allow them to suck on sweets or swallow toothpaste before surgery.
  • Parental Care : We require at least one parent or legal guardian to remain in the centre during the surgery and recovery. Please do not bring other young children along.
  • Personal Comforts : Please bring your child’s favourite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added comfort.
  • After Surgery : You will be able to be with your child as soon as he/she is awake and medically safe for transfer after recovery.

Check-in and Admission

Check-in: When you arrive at Apex we ask that you check-in at the registration desk to verify personal, escort and Medical Aid information.

Following Admission: After checking in at our centre, you will be brought to the pre-op area where the nurse will do a health interview and prepare you for surgery. You and your family or escort will stay in the room until it is time for your surgery. An anaesthesiologist will discuss your anaesthesia with you and answer any questions. At the appropriate time you will be escorted to the operating room. During surgery your escort will stay in the waiting area and will rejoin you in the ward after your surgery.

After Your Surgery

Once you are in stable condition, you will be discharged. It is normal to experience sleepiness and dizziness for 12 to 24 hours after surgery.

Post Care: You will receive verbal and written post-surgical care instructions (please follow these instructions). Your escort must be available to discuss and sign these instructions before you will be allowed to go home. If you experience anything unusual after your surgery, please call your surgeon or go to the nearest emergency room. A nurse from our centre will call you the next day after your surgery to check on your recovery.

Transportation: DO NOT PLAN TO DRIVE yourself home or use public transportation after your procedure. A friend or relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.

Recovery and Reminders

You will receive verbal and written post-surgical care instructions (please follow these instructions). Your escort must be available to discuss and sign these instructions before you will be allowed to go home. If you experience anything unusual after your surgery, please call your surgeon or go to the nearest emergency room. A nurse from our centre will call you the next day after your surgery to check on your recovery.