The following information is provided to help you understand what an anesthesiologist does and how to work most effectively with him or her as it relates to your surgery:
Patients may be required to visit the preadmission clinic in advance of their surgery to register and to discuss with a nurse what will happen the day of surgery and what to expect when discharged home.
During the appointment, patients will have preoperative tests such as x-rays, electrocardiograms (ECG), consultations with an anesthesiologist or other tests requested by their surgeon.
Setting up the appointment
Your doctor's secretary will book this appointment for you. There you will be registered, and have your blood tests and an interview with a nurse to learn about your procedure and how to prepare for it. If you have any special medical conditions that could interact with anesthesia, be sure to mention this at your appointment.
Your doctor may also request a consultation with an anesthesiologist as part of your preadmission visit.
If you wish to see an anesthesiologist in advance, tell your surgeon who must book a consultation for you.
What to bring to your appointment
- An interpreter, if you need one or would like one.
- Your completed patient questionnaire.
- Any medication you are taking.
- Your provincial health insurance card.
- Any private insurance information.
- Any other documentation your doctor has given you (history and physical; letters from your specialists).
- A book to read; money for coffee or lunch.
- Any questions you might have.
This information and more may be downloaded as a printable pamphlet: Ambulatory Surgery Brochure (PDF)