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​​​​After Your Operation

On this page, you can read all about what to expect during your hospital stay. Or, just click on one of the links below, to get the answer you want right now.

What will happen right after my operation?
  • You will be taken to the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) and stay there for 1 – 2 hours.
  • We will check your vital signs, level of consciousness and dressing.
  • We will check the colour, sensation, and movement of your toes.
  • You will receive pain medication and start patient controlled anesthesia (PCA).
  • Ice packs will be put on your joint.
  • Once you are fully recovered from your anesthetic and your vital signs are stable, you will be moved to the 9A Inpatient Unit in the Fell Pavilion.
  • You will be attached to some or all of these tubes:
    IV – We usually take the IV out as soon as you can drink fluids.
    Oxygen – Oxygen helps you breathe. We use either nasal prongs or a clear plastic mask.
  • Once you are eating and drinking, we will prescribe pain pills that can be taken as needed.
How long will I stay in the hospital?

You will be ready to go home on the same day, or the day following your surgery.

What discharge information do I need to know?

Your doctor will have already given you information about where you will go when you leave the hospital.  You will be discharged home or to a respite facility. You will have to arrange and pay for the respite facility yourself prior to your surgery.


  • Discharge is 11:00 am.
  • Please make transportation arrangements before your discharge.
  • Ask a friend or family member to bring a wheelchair (available at Nassau and Bathurst entrances) up to the unit. They are available at the Nassau St. and Bathurst St. entrances.
  • Wheelchairs cost $1 to rent.

What you take home

  • Discharge summary.
  • 6-week follow-up appointment with your surgeon.
  • Staple removal kit to take to your family doctor.
  • Prescriptions for blood thinners, pain medication and stool softeners.
  • Information on safe storage and disposal of opioid medications.
  • Home exercises.
  • UHN Altum Health clinic post-op rehabilitation appointment.

Staple removal

  • Make an appointment with your family doctor to have the staples removed, 14 days after surgery.