Pre-Operative Information


(Adults and Kids)

Welcome to the “Surgery and Pre-Operative Information” FAQ section, where we provide answers to common questions about surgery and the preparations involved. Your well-being is our top priority, and this section is designed to offer you the information and peace of mind you need for a successful surgical experience. If you have any specific inquiries not covered here, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

What time should I arrive for my surgery?

Please arrive at least 1 hour before your scheduled surgery time to allow for pre-operative preparation with our nursing staff.

Our address is 585 Mapleton Drive, Suite 102, Moncton NB.

Payments are due at your surgeon’s clinic and not at East Coast Surgical Centre (ECSC).

You can contact us at 506-388-3273. For recovery-related inquiries, call 506-388-3242.

Your post-operative medications will be sent to your pharmacy of choice the day before your surgery. Please bring any at-home medications you feel you may need post-operatively. All out-of-province patients will have a prescription sent to the pharmacy that you and your surgeon agreed on. You may pick up the prescription on the day or the few days before surgery. This way if you have any issues you will be able to contact your surgeon’s office for clarification.

The nurse will verify the type of surgery you or your child will undergo. You will also sign a surgery consent form, either at ECSC or your surgeon’s clinic. One of the staff at ECSC will witness that you agree with the surgery procedure. If you do not understand the term or the language on the consent, please ask any staff or your surgeon for an explanation.

Surgery canceled by request of the patient with less than 2 weeks’ notice will be subject to a cancellation fee that can be from 850$ to $1,200 + HST. The final amount depends on your surgical procedure.

Any RESPIRATORY INFECTION (COLD, PNEUMONIA, COVID-19)*** must be reported as soon as you are developing symptoms. If there are any symptoms on the day of surgery and you have been having those symptoms for more than one day and you did not notify East Coast Surgical Centre, you will be asked to go home without the procedure and the cancelation policy will be applicable. This is to prevent future complications during and after surgery.

Failure to comply with Food and drink restrictions prior to surgery will result in the cancellation of your surgery.

Do not eat anything 12 hours before surgery (8 hours for controlled diabetics). You may drink a very small amount of water, apple juice, or Gatorade up to 2 hours before your ECSC arrival time. Avoid chewing gum 2 hours before surgery which results to increased risk of aspiration due to increased saliva production.

Please wear comfortable clothing on the day of your surgery.

Preferably zip or button-up shirt/top.

Do not bring jewelry or makeup.

For vaginal reconstruction, full-brief underwear is required (no thongs).

If you are menstruating on the day of surgery, tampons are permitted and will not interfere with your surgery. You will be asked to remove your tampon, prior to being discharged home. It is your responsibility to provide your own sanitary napkin.

Elective surgery should not be performed if pregnant due to possible risks of anesthesia and certain medications on an unborn fetus. Risks include but are not limited to, birth defects, miscarriage, and even death. If you believe you may be pregnant, it is your responsibility to postpone your surgery and notify the attending physician and anesthesiologist.

No, driving after surgery is prohibited. Arrange for a friend or family member to transport you home. They should be within 30 minutes of ECSC during your procedure time. A support person will need to stay overnight with the patient post-surgery.

Parents or legal custody need to bring the kid home after surgery.

Parents or legal custody will be required to stay with the kid overnight on the first-night post-procedure.

Contact your surgeon’s office or clinic if any questions or concerned.

Follow post-operative surgery instructions provided by your surgeon on the day of surgery or before.

Two (2) weeks prior to your surgery date, it is recommended to STOP all:

  • vitamins/minerals, supplements
  • herbal-based medications
  • green tea and herbal teas
  • protein shakes (any kind)

If you have been prescribed any medications that may affect blood coagulation (blood thinners); such as NSAIDs (Advil, Naproxen, Aspirin, Heparin, Plavix, Coumadin, etc.), please notify our clinic and appropriate instruction will be given. DO NOT STOP any of these medications unless approved by a physician.

DO NOT STOP any other medications or birth control (if applicable) measures if not otherwise indicated by your surgeon. If you require medications on the day of your surgery, please only take small sips of water at the time you take your medications.

If you are prescribed medication for ADHD, please refrain from taking this medication the day of your surgery (decrease the risk of rapid heart rate during surgery).


  • Rybelsus (tablets) (increased risk of aspiration due to delaying gastric emptying)


  • Ozempic injection: If you are diabetic and you are taking it for glucose control, the last dose should be a minimum of 1 week before surgery. (Exp: if your injection is each Sunday, you will hold it until you have your surgery this coming week. )


  • Ozempic injection (weight loss only): your last dose needs to be a minimum of 2 weeks before surgery (increased risk of aspiration due to delaying gastric emptying). (Exp: if your injection is each Sunday, you will hold it until you have your surgery this coming week. )

Please bring your government ID (license or passport) and Medicare card.

Your follow-up appointment will be scheduled with your surgeon approximately one or two weeks post-operative, as applicable. Be sure to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon, which will be given to you.

Have a question?

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