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Information for teens

Before surgery
After surgery
Girls only

Getting Ready

You probably have a lot of questions about your surgery. Make sure you talk with your parents or caregivers and your surgeon so they know what’s on your mind.

If you smoke..

Try to stop for at least a week before surgery. Smoking or using drugs or alcohol before your surgery can cause risks that could make your surgery unsafe.

Piercings and jewellery (metal and plastic)

Make sure to remove all studs and jewellery before surgery, to prevent problems like:

  • Choking on or swallowing tongue studs or lip rings. Jewellery in and around the mouth can become loose or get accidentally pulled out during surgery, and can get stuck in your windpipe or end up in your stomach.
  • Piercings getting caught or pulled out when we are positioning you on the operating room bed.
  • Burns. Wearing metal jewellery can cause burns if we use certain equipment during your surgery (like cautery to stop bleeding).

After surgery

Driving after surgery

You are not allowed to drive for 24 hours after having an anesthetic.

Teen girls

  • If you have your period, use a pad instead of a tampon on the day of surgery.
  • If there is a chance you may be pregnant, it is very important for you to tell your nurse or doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you use Depo Provera or any other hormonal birth control method.
  • If you are taking birth control pills, ask your doctor if you should take one on the day of surgery.You’ll need to remove your bra when you put on the hospital pajamas- nurses in the operating room will need to place heart monitor stickers on your chest before you fall asleep. We will keep you covered though!
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