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Preparing for Surgery

Pre-operative: It will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes to get signatures for surgical consents and to review the instructions regarding your surgery. Be sure to bring a list of current medications, including the drug name, dosage, and the days and times you typically take them.

Pre-admission Appointment: Prior to this appointment—which takes place at the hospital—you should have had your pre-operative tests performed by your family doctor. This appointment will take approximately one to two hours for lab tests, including blood work, EKG, and chest X-ray. If you have a heart or lung condition, or if you are an insulin-dependent diabetic, you must see your medical doctor prior to surgery and get medical clearance. Before you leave, you will also meet with someone from the anesthesia department.

Pre-operative Admission: You will be admitted into the hospital the morning of your surgery.

Length of Surgery: The length of surgery is one to two hours, followed by another one to two hours in the recovery room.

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