How to prepare for better recovery

The advantages of good preparation

  • Recover faster and more fully
  • Reduce complications
  • Participate actively in looking after your health
  • Return home faster
  • Reduce anxiety and fears about the operation
  • Increase your satisfaction

Reducing complications

Better recovery after surgery

Preparing for discharge from the hospital

To return home, you must be comfortable looking after yourself.
The best way is through collaboration with us :

Get good care adapted to your situation

  • Give us full information about your state of health (pain, sensations, fear, etc.).
  • Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of examinations and treatments you are offered and express your preferences.

Have someone accompany you

  • Your loved ones can help you understand and take note of important information.
  • They can help you regain your autonomy.
  • Note that you can ask us to not share some information with your family.

Be sure to properly understand the information you receive

  • Read and follow your surgery guide.
  • Don’t hesitate to repeat the information in your own words to confirm your understanding. 
  • If you need to, insist: “I don’t understand. Can you explain it to me in other words?”
  • Ask questions if you are not sure that you have all the information you need.

Surgery guide

Always refer to your Surgery guide.


What to look out for before surgery

  • Nutritional recommendations
  • Managing tobacco use
  • Managing drug and alcohol use
  • Physical activity
  • Controlling sleep apnea
  • Monitoring your mental and psychological health
  • Informing your family doctor

Recommended websites

You can easily find too much information about your operation. This information can be inappropriate for your situation. Here are some reliable sites that you can consult. Note that the information can be slightly different at your hospital. Make it a priority to follow the instructions you receive from your team.