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You will have your surgery at either
Pre-Admission Clinic visit may be at a different location than your surgery.
This guide is for you and your caregivers to use before, during and after your surgery. We recommend downloading the mobile app or bookmarking this webpage in your mobile device to have with you at the hospital for your Pre-Admission Clinic visit and surgery. Your surgeon may add to this information at any time.
You can use it to learn:
The health care team at UHN will work very hard to get you back home as soon as possible. You, your family or support person are an important part of the team. Please talk to any member of your health care team if you have questions.
We welcome your feedback. Please fill out our
evaluation form . Your comments and suggestions can help us improve this surgery guide.
This section of the guide has specific information about your surgery including:
Automated Surgery Helpline Toronto Western Hospital:Phone: 416 603 5211
For Toronto General Hospital or Princess Margaret patients:Phone: your surgeon's office
The following sections will help you prepare for your surgery:
Here are ways to take care of both your body and your mind so you are ready for your surgery:
It is important to plan ahead for when you leave the hospital (also known as being "discharged"), even before your surgery day. Planning early for your discharge can help you feel less worried and anxious.
You may be told the same day that you will be discharged. Whenever possible, we will let you know you are going to be discharged before the actual date, but sometimes we might not know until the same day. If you have any questions, talk to a member of your health care team.
Here's what you can do before coming to the hospital for your surgery:
Arrange for someone to help you leave the hospital or help you transition to your next location or place of residence. The health care team will contact that person when you are ready to be picked up.
Talk to your health care team (surgeon, nurse or social worker) about your needs and worries. We will try to help with any concerns you have about leaving the hospital.
UHN is limiting who can enter the hospital or visit on hospital property to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19 to patients and the staff who care for them.
We know that family, friends and others who support you are important for your recovery. Although we are not able to let them join you at the hospital at this time, we will do our best to include them in your care.
Only approved Essential Care Partners can enter the hospital or visit on hospital property at this time. An Essential Care Partner is a support person who is very important to the safety and well-being of a patient while they are in the hospital. An Essential Care Partner might be a family member, friend, neighbour, paid private caregiver or someone else.
Your Essential Care Partner can, with your permission:
For more information about our visitor policy during the COVID-19 pandemic please speak with a member of your health care team or see the
UHN COVID-19 page.
Please note: Patient and visitor lounges on inpatient units are closed during COVID-19.
Essential Care Partners must check themselves for signs of illness before coming to visit. If they are sick, they should stay at home and visit you when they feel better. Visit the
Patient Safety section for a list of symptoms.
Patient and Family Services provides a
list of nearby places to stay.
Some hotels may offer a reduced rate for patients of the hospital and their families. Ask the Pre-Admission Clinic for a letter to give to the hotel to qualify for possible discounted rates.
Protecting yourself and your Essential Care Partner from spreading infections when at our hospital
It is important that you and your Essential Care Partner feel well before coming to the hospital. If you or your Essential Care Partner experience any of the symptoms below, you may make other patients or health care workers in the hospital sick.
Before coming to the hospital, check for any of these symptoms in the past 24 hours:
If you have any of these symptoms and you are having surgery soon, call your surgeon's office right away. Your surgeon will give you more instructions.
If your visitors have any of these symptoms, ask them not come to the hospital to visit you. Your visitors can come to see you when they feel better.
All patients and Essential Care Partners must wear an approved medical mask at all times while in the hospital.