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Pre Surgical Information

Location of Surgery:

St. Paul’s Hospital and Outpatient Clinic:

» SPH Surgical Daycare Map
» SPH Outpatient Department Map

BC Children's Hospital:

» BCCH Surgical Daycare Map

Cambie Surgery Centre:

Ambulatory Surgical Centre:

False Creek Surgery Centre:

Pre Operative Assessment:

If your surgeon indicates that you require pre-assessment you will be contacted directly by the pre-assessment clinic for an appointment date and time. Pre-Assessment Clinic is located on the 3rd floor of the Burrard Building at St. Paul’s Hospital.

» More information about the pre-assessment clinic is available by clicking here

Pre Operative Care IMPORTANT Information:

  • When you are scheduled for surgery, our office will be contacting you a day prior to inform you of your check-in time for surgery.
  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery.  No candy, no smoking, no chewing gum and no juices.  You may drink sips of water until 3 hours before your arrival at the hospital.  If you eat or drink before surgery, your surgery will be cancelled. Also, you will need to have someone to come and pick you up when your surgery is done.  This is hospital policy, if you don’t have someone to pick you up, then your surgery will be cancelled.


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» More information about pre-operative instruction and care is available here

Important - Please note:

Blood Thinner Medication: Blood thinners may need to be stopped or converted to injection or intravenous blood thinner 5 days before surgery. Please contact your family doctor or the office of your surgeon at least a week before surgery. Do not stop blood thinner without consultation with the Office of of your surgeon or the pre-admission clinic at St. Paul's Hospital.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: If you are on the new immune suppressive medications you carry an increased risk of infection (Humira, Arava, Remicade, Enbrel) .These medications should ideally be stopped some time before surgery. Please contact the physician prescribing your medication to inform of the plans for surgery and for advice about stopping these medications.

Diabetes: If you have diabetes you should inform your surgeon or their office manager. You should be the first case of the day. If you are on insulin do not take a morning dose. If you are on oral medication for diabetes do not take it in the morning before surgery.
Please inform the admitting nurse that you are diabetic . you will require intravenous fluids and a blood sugar measurement at the time of your arrival for surgery.

Smoking: Studies have shown conclusively that patients who stop smoking before surgery have fewer complications and heal faster than those who continue to smoke.

Please see the following for smoking cessation websites: