Perioperative Services

Perioperative Services provide surgeries for inpatients and outpatients (day surgery). The department includes the surgical unit, the recovery room, medical device reprocessing (MDR) and endoscopic services.

Day surgeries are diagnostic procedures that do not require hospitalization. You arrive at the hospital in the morning, have the surgery and leave the hospital later in the same day. Therefore, you spend less time away from work or home and you can recover in the comfort of your own home.

For an inpatient surgery, you arrive at the hospital the morning of your surgery and are then hospitalized during the stabilization or recovery period.

Types of surgery performed at HGH

  • Dental surgery
  • Open general surgery and laparoscopic surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Otolaryngology
  • Gynecology
  • Orthopedics (in development)
  • Urology

How to access our services?

You must have a referral from your physician to book an appointment with a surgeon from HGH Ambulatory Clinics. The surgeon will recommend the type of surgery you need.

About The Program

Booking surgery date

  • After the initial consultation with the surgeon, if you do need surgery, we will call you to book a pre operative clinic appointment and confirm the date of your surgery.
  • It could take from 2 to 4 weeks before we call you to confirm dates. The wait time for your surgery will depend on the priority code assigned to your case. Urgent cases are treated first.
  • HGH meets Cancer Care Ontario target wait times.

Pre operative Clinic

  • Approximately three to four weeks before your surgery, you will meet the nurse and the anaesthetist at the pre-op clinic. During the appointment, you are invited to ask questions to better understand the procedure you will undergo.
  • The anaesthetist will assess your condition, and if necessary, you will pass additional exams on that same day.
  • We will explain how to prepare for your surgery and will give you an instruction sheet to take home.
  • Your appointment at the pre-op clinic may take up to one hour, if you do not need additional exams.

Surgery preparation

Smoking, eating, drinking and medication

• You will receive instructions specific to your case during your pre-op clinic appointment.

Hygiene and clothing

  • On the morning of your surgery, shower or take a bath. Thoroughly clean the navel area if your operation is in the abdomen. You may wear deodorant if your surgery is not in the armpit area.
  • Wear loose clothing in which you will be comfortable after surgery.
  • Please do not wear:
    • Jewellery
    • Metal items
    • Hair clips
    • Nail polish
    • Make-up
    • Contact lenses

On surgery day

  • Please arrive at the time indicated when we confirmed your surgery date.
  • Register at the self-service kiosk in the main entrance, and then proceed to Perioperative Services.
  • Upon arrival, the nurse will confirm the time of your surgery.
  • You will need to wear a hospital gown. You may store your clothes and personal belongings in a locker or leave them with the person accompanying you. Bring a lock if you plan to use a locker.
  • The nurse will fill out your file and record your weight, body temperature and blood pressure, and will answer your questions.
  • The nurse will handle preparations such as IV equipment, shaving or medication.
  • You will then wait for your surgery lying on a stretcher and covered with a warm blanket.
  • If your surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, we will remove your dentures and glasses just before the surgery and will return them in the recovery room.

After the surgery

  • After surgery, we will transfer you to the recovery room under the care of a nurse.
  • You may be discharged as soon as your condition is stable.
  • Before you leave the hospital, we will give you written instructions about medication, dressing changes and advice for your recovery. If needed, we will confirm the date of your follow-up appointment with your surgeon.
  • Important: Do not drive after surgery. It is imperative that someone else drives you home. Also, you should not be alone during the 24-hour period following surgery.
  • A nurse will call you the day after your surgery to check on your condition and answer your questions.

The team

  • Surgeons
  • Anaesthetists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Registered Practical Nurses
  • Registered First Nurse Assistant
  • OR Aid
  • Housekeeping Attendant
  • Clerk