What should I expect on the day of my surgery?

We encourage you to watch this video on how to use analgesia as a way to manage pain after surgery. To serve our diverse communities, the video is also available in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Punjabi.


If your surgery is at Brampton Civic Hospital, please register at Day Surgery on the 2nd floor.

If your surgery is at Etobicoke General Hospital, please register at the Central Registration desk in the front lobby.

Be sure to bring your Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card and photo ID with you.

Arriving at Day Surgery

Both Etobicoke General Hospital and Brampton Civic Hospital have Day Surgery Departments. All surgical patients begin their day here. Some patients will return to this location later the same day to be discharged. Those being admitted for an overnight stay will go to an inpatient unit.

When you arrive, the Day Surgery staff will:

  • Confirm the information from your Pre-Anaesthesia Clinic appointment or call
  • Take your heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and temperature
  • Help you change into a patient gown (please come wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothes)
  • Give you ONE bag for your clothes. The bag will given back to you after your surgery. We cannot be responsible for valuables, so please leave them at home. If you need extra belongings for your stay, please have a family member bring them to your room after surgery.
  • Ask you to remove any dentures, eye glasses and hearing aids and give them to your family member for safekeeping. If you are alone, we will label them and put them in the bag with your clothes.
  • Please note, for safety reasons, you must remove all jewellery before you come to the hospital. This includes piercings, tight-fitting rings and bracelets. Your surgery could otherwise be cancelled.
  • Please note, Day Surgery is NOT a suitable area for children or families. If necessary, one family member may wait with you for support or interpreting.
  • Just before you go into the operating room, the nurse or anaesthesiologist may start an intravenous (IV) line to give you fluids and pre operative medication. For some surgeries, he or she may give you a nerve block.

Going to the Operating Room (O.R.)

This is the room where your surgery will be carried out. You will be helped onto the O.R. table. The surgical team will introduce themselves and go through a “Surgical Safety Checklist” to confirm the details of your procedure. You will be given an anaesthetic medication through your intravenous (IV) line and you will drift off to sleep.

Your family may wait in the surgery waiting area. Volunteers will let them know when the surgery is finished and you are in the Recovery Room.

Your family may visit you after you have been moved back to Day Surgery or to a patient room (if you are being admitted for a longer stay).

After your Surgery

After surgery, you will be moved to the Post Anaesthesia Care Unit while you wake up from your anaesthetic. You may stay here from one to several hours, depending on how quickly space is available to move you to Day Surgery or to an inpatient room. In case there is a delay, it’s good to have a family member close by to provide the patient’s glasses or hearing aids.  Patients who need intensive care may be moved to the Intensive Care Unit. 

When it’s time to go home

Day Surgery Patients:

  • Staff will call the waiting room to invite your family member to help you to leave, OR we can make a phone call to let them know it is time to come and get you. Please make sure someone is available all day. Patients are not allowed to go home alone.
  • “Staxi chairs” or wheelchairs are available to help take the patient to a waiting car.

Admitted patients:

  •  As soon as you know your discharge date you should make arrangements for going home. The person who will pick you up after your surgery should come to your room to help you with your personal items. 

After surgery, you may feel a little shaky or sleepy until the effects of the anaesthetic wear off. For the 24 hours following surgery, you should:

  • Be in the care of another adult
  • Avoid driving, or operating hazardous machinery
  • Delay any important decisions
  • Avoid traveling alone by public transit
  • Avoid consuming alcohol

Follow-up Clinics

Follow up clinics are provide outpatient care for patients recovering from surgery.  After your surgery and before you are discharged from hospital, you will be given an appointment for a follow-up clinic.

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