How soon after a consultation can I have surgery?
Between 1-3 weeks. For traveling clients we can arrange a consult and surgery in one trip. Some restrictions may apply.

Do you provide post nursing care or overnight stay?
Yes. If surgery requires extensive post operative care, we can accommodate overnight stays. We have six overnight stay rooms where qualified nurses look after you. We can also help you organize a home care nurse.

Can I go home on my own?
No. On discharge post surgically you must be accompanied by a responsible adult who may either drive you home or accompany you home in a taxi. Public transportation is not an option. If no one is available to you we would be happy to arrange a nursing escort for you.

What qualifications do your surgeons have?
All surgeons have applied and been approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons in order to perform surgery at the Cambie Surgery Centre. Most of the physicians are nationally and internationally renowned.

Do I need blood work done or any other tests?
For patients that are 50 or older or patients with problems relating to high blood pressure we require an ECG test as well as hemoglobin and other blood work. Other tests might be required depending on the physical history of the patient.

Can I eat, drink or smoke before surgery?
No. Most surgical procedures require that you refrain from eating past midnight before surgery. You should not smoke the day of surgery, and the best scenario would be to refrain from smoking as long as you can prior to your surgery date.

Do I need to bring anything?
Depending on the surgery you may be required to bring crutches or a cane to assist you. Please be sure to leave all valuables at home.

What type of anesthesia is used?
An anaesthesiologist will be present during surgery. He or she will determine which anesthesia is most suitable for your surgery. We have the capabilities for general, spinal and local anesthesia with sedation.