After your surgery:

After your surgery you will wake up in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) also known as the Recovery Room.

Your PACU Registered Nurse will monitor you frequently. You will be asked to rate your level of pain. The Registered Nurse will provide you with pain medication.

If you feel nausea, or that your pain is not manageable inform your Registered Nurse.

You will have oxygen on until you no longer need it.

You will stay in the Recovery Room until the Registered Nurse assesses that you are ready to go to either the Day Surgery Unit or an inpatient bed. You will then be transferred on your stretcher.

After your surgery you will be encouraged to move as much as possible.

You will be asked to begin your deep breathing and coughing and leg exercises as noted in your patient booklet.

Day Surgery post-operative:

Your Care Partner will be contacted by the Day Surgery staff and may come into the Day Surgery Unit.

You will be given something to drink and assessed for pain and nausea. The Registered Nurse will give you medication for pain and nausea as needed.

You will be assisted to get out of bed and walk.

Your intravenous will be removed and you will be assisted to dress.

Your post-operative instructions will be reviewed with you and your Care Partner. If you are given a prescription, please ensure that it is filled as soon as possible.

The person driving you home will be asked to bring the vehicle to the West Entrance. You may be accompanied to that entrance in a wheelchair and assisted into the vehicle if needed.

Inpatient unit:

You will be transferred from the Recovery Room to your assigned inpatient bed. Information about your surgery and recovery will be provided to the receiving Nurse who will be caring for you.

Your Care Partner/family member may be waiting for you in your room.

Your Nurse will complete an admission assessment. The Nurse will give you medication as needed. You will be asked about your pain and nausea.

You will be instructed to continue with your deep breathing coughing and leg exercises. You will be assisted in getting out of bed.

Your post operative teaching instructions will be reviewed with you and your Care Partner.


"Preparing you for your surgery" booklet

American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program - Ontario

Queensway Carleton Hospital has voluntarily decided to participate in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP). The purpose to measure and improve the quality of outcomes.

A Surgical Clinical Reviewer assesses our surgical charts to see what we do well and where we can improve. We compare ourselves to other hospitals participating in ACS-NSQIP.

What does this mean for you as a patient?
You may receive a phone call from our reviewer who follows up with some of our patients within the first 30 days after surgery.
If you have questions do not hesitate to call QCH ASC-NSQIP. 613-721-2000 ext. 2898.

Managing your pain:

Pain Management After Surgery Patient Information Booklet

Discharge from Hospital:

Discharge time is expected to be in the morning. You must make arrangements for your drive home before you are admitted to the Hospital.
Hospital fees for patients with valid Canadian Provincial or Federal Health Insurance

Helpful post-operative instructions sheets:
Air cast instructions
Care of your cast

Care of urinary drainage system
Care of a surgical drainage system
Foot dressings

Hand dressings
Walking with a cane