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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Day of Your Operation

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Please stop eating and drinking by midnight on the night before your operation. Your stomach needs to be empty.​

What happens when I arrive at the hospital?

You will be admitted to the hospital the morning of your operation (usually at 6:00 am).

Surgical Admission Unit (SAU)
​​​​​​​​​​Toronto General Hospital​
Peter Munk Building – 2nd​ F​loor, Room 310​​
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All hospital entrances are open by 6 am. However, the University Ave. entrance is easiest to access.


What will happen before my operation?
  • Nurses and doctors will examine and prepare you for the operation.
  • An intravenous (IV) line (a needle into a vein in your arm) will be started, to give you fluids.
  • Our transplant team will perform a final assessment to ensure you are fit for your operation.

Is there a chance my operation will be cancelled?

Every effort will be made to arrange a date and time for your operation that is best for you. However, operations may be cancelled if medical issues exist with the donor or the recipient. Sometimes, there are circumstances beyond our control that may require the operation to be cancelled or postponed.

You and your family may feel shock, disappointment, and sadness when this happens. All of these feelings are normal. You should call your transplant assessment coordinator to talk about any concerns you have about a cancellation.​