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Adult Surgery Inpatient Unit

The Adult Surgery Inpatient Unit helps by providing care to patients who are recovering from gynecology or breast health-related surgeries or who have been hospitalized for other gynaecological issues. 

What to expect

If you’re coming for a scheduled surgery, you'll need to visit the Pre-Admission Clinic, one to two weeks before your surgery, for a health assessment. You'll be provided teaching about your surgery, your doctor may order tests, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions. Follow the instructions you were given about limiting eating, drinking and taking medication, prior to surgery.

You'll receive a call from a dietician to preorder your first meal after surgery, and your surgery date and bed will be reserved for you. If you can not have your surgery on the date scheduled, please let the hospital know immediately. 

On the day of your surgery, please bring the following items with you:

  • Your health card
  • Loose fitting clothing
  • Current medications
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush etc.)
  • Robe and slippers
  • Denture cup 
  • Glasses case
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Gum

You'll be directed to a registration desk and directed to the pre-op area, where team members will prepare you for surgery and then accompany you to an operating room. 

After surgery, you'll stay in a recovery room until you're awake and ready to move to the inpatient unit. You'll be transferred from recovery to a bed in one of our inpatient rooms, on the Adult Surgery unit on the 7th floor, Women’s’ Site. Most patients stay in hospital until one or two days after surgery. 

The nurses on the unit will continue to assess your health status, provide necessary medications, and assist with mobility as needed. Before sending you home, the staff will provide you with information needed to help you recover, any needed prescriptions, and information about follow up appointments. All patients are expected to arrange to have someone take them home upon discharge.  

For your safety, patients having same day surgery are expected to have someone stay with them at home, for 24 hours. It's very important that all of the supplies, equipment and support you will require at home is in place before your surgery. If this support is not in place, your surgery or discharge may be delayed.

Accessing this Clinic, Program or Service

All patients need a doctor's referral.  Please consult with your primary care provider.

Women's/Adult Building -IWK Health Centre

5850/5980 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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