Surgery

Welcome to Montfort. We are pleased to accompany you throughout your surgery, from beginning to end.

Each year, over 9,000 people like you have surgery at Montfort, Ontario’s Francophone academic hospital.

Your pre-admission appointment

When your surgeon determines that you will have surgery at Montfort, a pre-admission appointment is scheduled for you. During this appointment, you will meet a nurse who will ask you questions to assess your health condition and prepare your medical file. Other tests or treatments may be done, and other specialists may meet with you.

For your appointment, bring:

  • Your Health Card
  • An up-to-date list of your medications

Patients with an appointment at Hôpital Montfort will receive an automated confirmation call up to 5 days before their appointment.

In some cases, pre-admission appointments may be made via telehealth. Consult your surgeon to find out if this is your case.

Before your surgery

  • Notify your surgeon as soon as possible if you need to cancel or postpone your surgery.
  • Contact your surgeon to report any fever, sore throat, colds or flu.
  • You will not be able to drive a vehicle when you leave the hospital after your surgery. Plan a mode of transportation for your return home.
  • You will need to be escorted home and someone should keep you company for 24 hours after your surgery.
  • If you will need crutches or other devices after your surgery, get them before the day of your surgery.

The day before your surgery

  • A reception clerk will call you the business day before your surgery, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., to inform you of the time you must arrive on the day of your surgery.
  • You must be fasting from midnight.
  • You can take small sips of water up to 4 hours before your surgery.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol.

The morning of your surgery, at home

If you think you may be late the morning of your surgery, notify the hospital at 613-748-4946. Stay on the line until you talk to a clerk.

  • Take a shower or a bath.
  • Do not wear any:
    • jewelry, body piercing,
    • make-up, lipstick,
    • nail polish (hands and feet),
    • deodorant, perfume, hairspray,
    • contact lenses.
  • Take your usual medications with water, unless your surgeon tells you otherwise.
    • If you are diabetic, do not take your diabetes medication.
    • If you take inhalers (pumps), take them according to your prescription and take them with you to the hospital.
  • If you wear dentures, glasses, hearing aids or a sleep apnea device (CPAP), take them with you to the hospital, in their containers.
  • Limit your luggage to a reclosable bag identified with your name. Do not bring any valuables or money. All you need is your Health Card.

The morning of your surgery, at the hospital

Present yourself at the Operating Room reception at room  2A105 at the scheduled time.

Having surgery can be stressful. This is why we are offering you a little tour of the hospital before the day of your surgery. This video will enable you to familiarize yourself with the steps in a surgery much like the one you will be having and to see how everything is going to happen.

This video has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. It is not necessarily a representation of all the best practices in place at Montfort.

Upon your arrival, a clerk receives you and provides you, and the person accompanying you, with an information document that lays out all of the steps for the day. The clerk asks you for your health card, gives you a stretcher number, and asks you to go to the waiting room.

A follow-up screen allows you to see in real time all of the various steps involved in your surgery. It indicates your surgeon’s name as well as the stages of your surgery. No information is displayed that could enable others to identify you.

We recommend that you leave any valuable items, such as your cell phone and wallet, at home. All you need is your health card.

If you have valuable items with you, please give them to the person accompanying you, in the waiting room.

Before your surgery

When we are ready to receive you, your nurse comes to get you in the waiting room and takes you to the day surgery unit. If you need assistance walking, the nurse brings you a wheelchair.

For day surgery, you are asked to put on a hospital gown. You can leave your clothes in a locker.

After you have changed, go to the stretcher that was assigned to you.

Your surgeon comes to see you, reviews each of the steps with you and reassures you about the surgery. The surgeon ensures that you still agree to proceed with the surgery.

Your anaesthetist also comes to talk to you about the type of anaesthesia you will be given, reviews each of the steps with you, and reassures you about the anaesthesia procedure and pain management. 

Your nurse comes to prepare you for the surgery, takes your vital signs, gives you your medications, if any, and makes sure that you have everything you need.

At the time of your surgery

A porter comes to take you to the operating room. 

From there, a nurse comes to do a final check before you go into the operating room. You may have to wait a moment outside the room.

In the operating room, several members of the team are present around you. You may see a porter, nurses, your surgeon, your anaesthetist, a respiratory therapist and, sometimes, a resident or medical student, there to observe the surgery.

After your surgery

After your surgery, you are taken to the recovery room, where you rest for at least 30 minutes. When you wake up, you may be attached to a monitor that continuously monitors your vital signs, and allows your nurse to see how you are doing. Your nurse also makes sure that you are comfortable and gives you pain and nausea medication, if you need it.

When you are ready to leave the recovery room, a porter takes you either to day surgery, if the plan is for you to go home the same day, or to your room, if you are going to be staying at the hospital.

When it comes time to go home, plan to have a friend or loved one accompany you.

Your care team is available to answer your questions before, during and after your surgery.

We hope that this overview answers your questions, and reassures you about your upcoming surgery.

We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.

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