Preparing for your surgery


Before your surgery

You are now part of a rapid recovery program called “ERAS” (for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery). The goal of this clinical pathway is to improve your hospital stay, optimize your recovery, and reduce your time in hospital.

The different sections below describe the main components of the ERAS clinical pathway:

  • Optimizing your nutritional and physical health
  • Promoting smoking cessation
  • Decreasing your alcohol intake
  • Helping you lose weight before the operation

To help you clearly understand the ERAS clinical pathway, you must read the surgery passport entitled “Passeport pour ma chirurgie” (in French only) before your operation. You must also bring this document to all of your hospital appointments and on the day of your surgery.

Prepare for your group meeting

  1. /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText Read the “Passport” online
  2. Consult the sections:
  • Ask your pharmacist to print an up-to-date list of your medications.
  • Remember to bring your doctor’s original prescription and not a copy.
  • If you have a prescription for CPAP, please print a copy of this as well.
  • Ask someone close to you to accompany you so that they can better understand the surgery and support you in the process!
  • If you do not have a Hôpital de la Cité-de-la-Santé hospital card (grey card), go to the admission desk 15 minutes before the meeting. /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText This department is in Room RC.5, which is in Block C on the ground floor in front of the gift shop (follow the red lines).
  • Preparing for your appointment at the surgery admission clinic

    Map of Block C at Hôpital de la Cité-de-la-Santé
    Click on the image to enlarge.
    1.  You will get your passport (or your bariatric surgery information brochure) at this appointment.
    2. Please note down all your questions.
    3. Démarre le chargement du fichier Consult the map of Block C at the Hôpital de la Cité-de-la-Santé to find the surgery clinic.
    4. To start your record, the nurse will weigh and measure you and give you instructions.
    5. You will meet with the surgeon, who will decide if you are a good candidate for the surgery and for which type.

    Preparing for the group meeting with the nutritionist

    1. You will get information about the diet you need to follow both before and after the operation (you will be given a brochure at the beginning of the meeting).
    2. Please write down any questions you have during the meeting.

    Preparing for your appointment at the pre-admission clinic

    1. /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText Read your surgery passport (“Passeport pour ma chirurgie”) before your appointment at the pre-admission clinic..
    2. Write down all your questions on the blank page at the end of the document.
    3. /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText Consult the map of Block C at the Hôpital de la Cité-de-la-Santé to find the pre-admission clinic (follow the blue lines).
    4. You may need an electrocardiogram and lung X-ray to make sure your heart and lungs are working properly.
    5. Your record is ready! Someone will call you with the date and time of your surgery.

    Preparing for your surgery

    Surgery can make you anxious. The more you’re prepared, the less stressed you’ll feel.

    You will also need to get ready by doing some essential tasks: 

    1. Preparing meals in advance.
    2. Organizing help for housework and errands once you get back home.
    3. Doing your laundry.
    4. Deciding who will come with you to your medical appointments.
    5. Planning for a ride home after you are discharged from hospital.
    6. Making sure someone can stay with you at home for a few days if you feel the need.

    The day before your surgery

    Make sure you follow your nurse’s instructions.

    Starting from midnight the night before your surgery

    • Do not eat solid food.
    • Do not eat or drink dairy products.
    • Do not drink alcohol and do not smoke.
    • Allowed liquids: water, tea, coffee and juice made from a powdered mix.

    The morning of your surgery

    • Take a shower and wash yourself from chin to toe with the disinfectant soap (Dexidin 4%) that can be bought from a pharmacy or the gift shop at the main entrance to the hospital.
    • Put on clean clothes after you shower.
    • Do not apply makeup, nail polish, cream, deodorant or perfume and do not put in any jewellery or body piercings.
    • Do not shave the surgery area.
    • Bring your belongings in a suitcase.
    • Do not drink milk, eat dairy products or solid foods, or take nutritional supplements like Ensure or Boost. Do not drink low-calorie beverages.

    The day after your surgery

    • Follow the instructions in your “Passport.”
    • Don’t forget to do your breathing exercises.
    • Sit in a chair to eat your meals.
    • Walk along the corridor and try to stay out of bed.
    • Tell a nurse if your pain gets worse than 4 out of 10.
    • During your stay in hospital, you must eat the liquid diet with the nutritional supplements.