HHCC has two plastic surgeons that provide general, trauma, and aesthetic plastic surgery services in the region. Our aim is to provide quality patient care to those in the Headwaters and surrounding region.
We specialize in:
- Breast reconstruction
- Burn and wound care
- Hand & upper limb (fractures, nerve, artery, tendon injuries)
- Skin cancer
Non-elective or trauma cases are referred through the Emergency Department, otherwise please have your physician send us a referral.
On the day of your scheduled surgery, please proceed to Registration in the Joan and Paul Waechter Welcome Centre main entry. In order to prevent any delays, please ensure that your Ontario Health Card is readily available.
After checking in, you will be directed to the Surgery Waiting Room located on the main level.
At admission, you will meet with a nurse who will ensure that you're prepared both physically and emotionally for your procedure. Our primary goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable about your surgical experience, therefore, please do not hesitate to ask any questions that you may have.
You will also be asked to provide information on:
- your medical history
- current medications, supplements and herbal remedies including dosage and frequency
- special needs i.e. hearing aids
For your safety, all Day Surgery patients are not permitted to drive home and MUST have someone available to stay with them overnight after receiving and anesthetic.
Day Surgery patients must ensure the person driving them home remains in the hospital during their procedure.
Information regarding what to expect after surgery and any special instructions are given. If you are unsure of anything, please ask questions.
Next you will be escorted to the Operating Room (OR) holding area by the OR Nurse who again assesses you and checks the chart for completeness. The Anaesthetist will visit you to ask questions and start the IV if not already done. This is the specially trained physician who administers your medication and monitors your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure during surgery.
The Surgical Team headed by your Surgeon is a group of specially trained professionals that provide a safe environment and perform your procedure.
Shortly after the surgery you will awaken in the PACU (Post Anaesthetic Care Unit). A Registered Nurse with specialized training in post-anaesthetic care will closely monitor you to ensure that you recover safely. You will receive medication if you have any pain or nausea. The Anaesthetist and the nurse will decide when you are ready to be transferred to the surgical unit or home.
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