Surgery (Operating Room)
Surgeons at Whitehorse General Hospital perform about 2,900 surgeries each year in the hospital’s two operating rooms. We perform procedures on an emergency basis, where you may be admitted to hospital, or when you will be returning home the same day. Surgical procedures are scheduled between 7:30 am - 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday.
The Surgical Team
- General surgeons
- Ear, Nose and Throat (visiting surgeon)
- Orthopedic (visiting surgeon)
- Ophthalmology (visiting surgeon)
What to expect
If you are coming to hospital for an elective surgery, you will be given plenty of information in advance, including specific instructions on any scans or lab tests required and how to prepare for your procedure, etc. As part of this process, you will have an appointment at our Pre-Operative Clinic to meet with a nurse and learn more details about what’s involved with and how to prepare for your surgery.
You can share any concerns or feedback about our Pre-operative Clinic, Day Surgery Unit or Operating Room with the manager at 867-393-8773.
After your procedure, you may be taken to Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) or returned to the Surgical Day Care Unit (SDCU) – this depends on your operation and the medications you receieved during your operation. In the PACU, you will be monitored until you are ready to be transferred to the Surgical Day Care Unit or admitted to the Medical/Surgical or Paediatric units.
Within our operating room area is what’s called the minor procedures room where general practitioners and surgeons perform approximately 1,200 procedures annually that only require minimal medication. These minor procedures typically require a little local anesthetic and take only a few minutes.