Our Surgery team has various highly qualified healthcare professionals that support a wide range of surgical procedures across 11 surgical specialties.
Our specialized surgical care in the areas of cardiac, dental and oral, ear, nose and throat, general, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, plastics, thoracic, urology and vascular is firmly tied back to our goal of delivering clinical excellence in surgical services.
Our goal is to make your surgical experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible for you and your family.
Admission The day has come for your scheduled surgery. Please check in at the Welcome Centre on level 1 of the East Building upon arrival. To avoid delays please read ourAdmissionspage.
After checking in, you will be directed to level 2 of the East Buildingto the Surgical Admissions Department. Here you will be greeted by a member of your new health team.
Pre-Operative Clinic For information on the Pre-Operative Clinic, visit Surgery’s Services & Clinics section.
Initial Assessment A Southlake health team representative will provide you with information about your surgery along with a chance to discuss any post-operative needs. Your assessment will include:
Your medical history, including past surgeries
All medications you are currently taking, including the dosage and frequency
History of allergies
Any special needs, e.g. hearing aids
Special surgical education classes will depend on your procedure
Anaesthetic Assessment If recommended by your physician, an anaesthesiologist will meet with you for an assessment. As each assessment focuses on individual needs, you may be required to spend 2-4 hours in the Pre-Operative Clinic during this assessment.
Blood Conservation Southlake’s Peri-Operative Blood Conservation Program is part of the Ontario Nurse Transfusion Coordinators Program, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health — more commonly known as the ONTrac Program. This program is to improve blood transfusion practices by promoting alternatives to blood transfusions. These alternatives concentrate on improving patient care and well-being in a cost-effective manner. Southlake is one of 25 centres throughout Ontario with a Blood Conservation Coordinator. For more information on this program, please visit the ONTrac website.
Southlake’s surgery team will work with you and your family to prepare for your upcoming surgical procedure. In some cases, you will need diagnostic testing. Your surgeon will determine what tests are needed with the accompanying requisition forms during your initial visit to the hospital. Some or all of the following tests may need to be performed:
Your surgery recovery begins in the Post-Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU), or more commonly known, the recovery room. Specialized registered nurses will make sure that your recovery is as safe and comfortable as you would expect from Southlake.
Day Surgery Care
For surgical operations that require shorter recovery periods, patients are transferred to the Surgical Day Care area before discharge. Here patients are encouraged to be with their families while their discharge information is shared. Follow-up appointment information will also help assist patients once they arrive home with medications or special information.
Inpatient Surgery Unit
For information on the Inpatient Surgery Unit, visit Surgery’s Services & Clinics section.
For information on the Musculoskeletal Unit, visit Surgery’s Services & Clinics section.
Your post-operative care planning may include:
Care after surgery
We also provide personal instruction and patient educational materials.
Discharge planning begins when your surgery is scheduled. Your healthcare team will work with you and your family to determine when you are ready to go home. As part of your healthcare team, a discharge planner may work with you to ensure your safe discharge from hospital.
Follow-up support for breast surgery or ostomy patients is provided by a specialized professional at the hospital.
The Surgery program is comprised of various highly qualified healthcare professionals that support a wide range of surgical procedures.
Our specialized surgical care is firmly tied back to our goal of delivering clinical excellence in surgical services.
Our Surgery Program is comprised of 11 surgical specialties. Surgical Services include:
General Surgery General surgery is comprised of multi-disciplined surgeons with expertise in acute care surgery, trauma and oncology.
Cardiac Surgery Our cardiac surgeons offer all forms of cardiac surgical care, including complex heart surgery, mitral valve reconstruction, aortic surgery and some adult congenital repair.
Vascular Surgery Southlake’s vascular surgeons have significant expertise in the management of arterial disease.
Orthopaedic Surgery Southlake is one of the most progressive hospitals for musculoskeletal surgical care.
Plastic Surgery Our plastic surgeons carry specialties involving the restoration, reconstruction or alteration of the human body.
Urology The specialty of urology is dedicated to the study, diagnosis and management of diseases of the urinary tract and the male reproductive system.
Thoracic Surgery This surgical specialty attends to the diseases of the chest (thorax), as well as the trachea, esophagus, and stomach.
Ophthalmology Surgery Ophthalmologic surgery, or eye surgery, is performed on the eye and/or its individual parts.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Surgery Obstetric and gynecologic surgery relates to the procedures that are performed to treat a variety of conditions affecting the female reproductive organs.
Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Ear, nose and throat surgery is the surgical treatment of diseases or injuries of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck areas.
Dental and Oral Surgery These medical procedures involve surgery of the teeth, gums and jawbones.
The Fracture Clinic team consists of orthopaedic surgeons, orthopaedic technologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists who work together to assess and treat patients with post-operative conditions, fractures and soft tissue injuries.
A referral from either an Emergency Department physician or their orthopaedic surgeon is required to be seen in the Fracture Clinic.
To book a follow-up appointment, please contact Patient Access at 905-895-4521, ext. 2665.
Medical Arts Building (581 Davis Drive) & Ambulatory Day Care (East Building, level 1)
An upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is a procedure that involves using a long, flexible tube to see inside the upper digestive system. Most of the time this will entail the esophagus, stomach and small bowel. The GI endoscopy program is managed by Southlake’s surgical program and operates from the Medical Arts Building (581 Davis Drive) and our Ambulatory Day Care (East Building, level 1).
The primary goal of the Hand Program is to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment of hand and upper extremity injuries, such as hand therapy and work therapy. The program’s healthcare team consists of an orthopedic surgeon, plastic surgeons, occupational therapists, and consultation with physiotherapy as needed. Four of the therapists have achieved the designation of a Certified Hand Therapist.
Note: A doctor’s referral is required to see one of the Hand Program’s occupational therapists.
The program’s occupational therapists provide assessment and intensive treatment to patients with acute hand injuries. Problems most commonly treated in the Hand Program are hand and wrist fractures, tendon and nerve lacerations, ligament strains and tears, and repetitive strain injuries.
We know that your hospital admission following a surgical procedure is stressful for both you and your family. Our inpatient surgical team of interprofessional healthcare experts will provide extensive post-surgical care.
Getting a new knee or hip is major surgery and recovery takes time, butith hard work, you can get back to being active and enjoying life. Your knee learning package is here or, if you’re recovering from hip surgery, your learning package is here. Each will provide information that will help you get ready for your upcoming replacement surgery.
This is where patients who have hip, knee and shoulder surgeries are admitted.
Care often will differ from patient to patient. Some patients will experience common discomforts. Others will have complex needs. Your inpatient surgical team will work with you and your family on developing the best treatment plan.
Occupational therapy helps to improve and solve the problems that interfere with a patient’s ability to live a healthy lifestyle. They include self-care, being productive and the ability to perform leisure activities. Occupational therapy can also prevent a problem or minimize its effects.
A physician’s referral is required for all occupational therapy services.
Southlake’s Pre-Operative Clinic is an important part of patient and family preparation for surgery. In order to make your surgery experience exceptional, please do not hesitate to ask your care team any questions that you may have concerning your care.
Following your surgery, pain can interfere with your ability to move and can result in a longer hospital stay. In order for your health team to understand how you feel, you will be asked to rate your pain on a scale from zero to 10. We will work with you to keep you as comfortable as possible during your hospital stay by providing you with pain medication, which can be given a number of different ways. Managing your pain by taking pain medication regularly is important, as it allows you to more effectively participate in your rehabilitation therapy.
The Eye Institute at Southlake and its Cataract Program offer patient-focused surgical eye care. We combine a patient-friendly environment with the latest technology and surgical techniques. The Eye Institute at Southlake is firmly committed to clinical excellence by experienced Royal College-certified ophthalmic surgeons, and a highly-trained team of anaesthesiologists, nurses and support staff.
The Eye Institute’s Cataract Program utilizes the latest diagnostic equipment and techniques to replace your clouded eye lens with a new corrective one. Patients are provided with a wide range of advanced intraocular lenses, some of which reduce the patient’s need to wear glasses following their surgery. The procedure is performed with minimum discomfort and patients return home the same day.
For more information on eye surgery please visit these useful links:
In preparation for thoracic surgery (surgery to treat diseases of the chest and lungs), patients are referred to Thoracic Surgery School by their surgeon. A qualified team of nursing, physiotherapy and pharmacy representatives conducts this outpatient service. It includes an overview of the anatomy and function of the lungs, the location of incisions, breathing and coughing exercises, pain control management, and the importance of early mobility. Following surgery, patients reconnect with their Thoracic Surgery School physiotherapists in order to receive post-operative rehabilitation.
Work therapy or “work hardening” offers intensive strengthening of the upper extremities prior to an individual returning to regular work duties.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is my personal information protected?
Protecting patient information is important for us at Southlake. To ensure your personal health information is accurate andshared without delay with your healthcare team, it would be recommended only one member of your family is chosen to speak with our staff. This person can ask questions about your care on behalf of you and your family. Although not mandatory, this is where a Power of Attorney for Health would be best to help with this process.
I will need to go for cataract surgery. What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which, over time, progresses to the stage where vision becomes blurred. Cataracts are not uncommon and most cataracts are related to aging. According to research by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, about 50 per cent of people between 55 and 64 years of age, and 85 per cent of people over 75 years of age will develop cataracts in the next 10 years of life.
Cataract surgery is generally recommended when a cataract reduces your vision to the point that you are no longer able to read or drive.
Other than cloudy or blurry vision, are there any other symptoms of cataracts? Other common symptoms of a cataract are:
Faded appearance of colours
Glare in headlights, lamps or sunlight may appear too bright (a halo may appear around lights)
Poor night vision
Double vision or multiple images in one eye
Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses
If you have any of these symptoms, please consult your ophthalmologist, optometrist or family physician.
I would like to be more informed about what to do after my surgery. How can I access this information?
Please visit our After Care page for this information after your surgery.
What is anemia and how do I know if I am anemic?
Anemia is a medical term that means a person does not contain enough red blood cells in his or her body. Red blood cells are crucial as they contain hemoglobin which carries oxygen to your lungs and then to your tissues.
Some forms of anemia are temporary and may be caused by:
A poor diet that includes a shortage of iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid in your blood
Blood loss such as during menstruation, a bleeding ulcer or surgery
Certain medications which interfere with your body’s ability to produce red blood cells
Other types of anemia are chronic and may include the following:
Cancer or cancer treatment
Chronic diseases such as kidney failure or severe arthritis
Inherited blood disorders
A simple blood test will check your red blood cell and hemoglobin levels.
What is the blood conservation program?
Southlake’s Peri-Operative Blood Conservation Program improves blood transfusion practices by promoting alternatives to blood transfusions. These alternatives concentrate on advancing patient care and well-being in a cost-effective manner. This program is part of the Ontario Nurse Transfusion Coordinators Program, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health — more commonly known as ONTrac. Southlake is one of 25 centres throughout Ontario with a Blood Conservation Coordinator.
The blood conservation program aims to:
Decrease the need for blood transfusions during a scheduled surgery
Promote alternatives to publically donated blood transfusions in surgical patients
Educate patients and their families, physicians and staff about the benefits and risks of blood transfusions
What should I bring for surgery?
Please visit both our Preparing for Care pages and Surgery’s Preparation and Registration page. Both have information on how you can prepare for your surgery by planning ahead with our Southlake health team.