At this point, you have been referred by your doctor to see a surgeon. Your surgeon will decide if you need surgery and then both of you will decide together what the next steps will be.
How can I prepare before meeting my surgeon?
- Your surgeon will want to know about your health and the medications you are taking.
- Please complete this Pre-op Patient Health History Questionnaire to the best of your ability and bring it with you when you visit your surgeon even if you are not sure you need surgery.
- Write down any important questions you want to ask your surgeon so you do not forget.
- Bring a paper and pen to write down important information given to you by your surgeon and team.
- Bring someone with you if you need special assistance or just want someone to attend the visit with you (only 1 person since space is limited).
- Follow all the instructions given to you by your surgeon’s office/clinic team.
- Bring a book or something to read in case your appointment is unexpectedly delayed.
What happens when I will need surgery?
Once a decision is made (by you and your surgeon) that you will have surgery, your surgeon will want you to complete some important forms.
What forms will I need to complete when I need surgery?
- If the Pre-op Patient Health History Questionnaire is not completed before your visit, you will be asked to complete it at the surgeon’s office or clinic.
- You will be asked to sign a Consent form for surgery. This form will be explained to you in more detail by your surgeon.
- Other forms may be required to be completed and signed at this visit.
How do I to prepare for my Surgery?
- Once all your questions about surgery have been answered, all important forms and special tests have been completed, your surgeon will schedule you for a Pre-Admission Unit appointment at The Ottawa Hospital.
- To prepare for this important appointment, please read the my Surgery Pre-Admission Unit Patient Education booklet (maps included)
- You and (your family) should also know about important policies before coming to the hospital, such as hand washing, visiting hours and guidelines, smoking policy, scent-free and violence in the workplace.
- Your surgical team will want to know that you have prepared for going home and that you have made the necessary arrangements before the day of your surgery.