Frequently Asked Questions
What is Canadian Surgery Solutions?
Canadian Surgery Solutions is a unique health care facility that provides medical assessment, surgical procedures and post-operative rehabilitation services in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Who are you affiliated with?
A Division of Centric Health, we are fully accredited as a “Non-Hospital Surgical Facility” by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. In compliance with the Canada Health Act and Alberta’s Health Protection Act we adhere to the highest standards of operational, financial and legislative accountability – standards that are determined and are rigorously monitored by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Our work consists primarily of elective orthopedic procedures for Workers Compensation Boards across Canada.
What are your hours of operation?
Canadian Surgery Solutions is open year-round from Monday to Friday, 7 am to 4:30 pm. If you require information outside of regular business hours please feel free to send a request for info anytime by contacting us.
Can I request information?
If you require information outside of regular business hours please feel free to send a request for info anytime Contact us.
Do you charge for consultations?
Yes, most surgical assessments cost $600. Assessments for spine cost $1,100.
Who are the surgeons that perform services at Canadian Surgery Solutions?
Canadian Surgery Solutions prides itself on working with some of the very best surgeons in Canada. For a complete list of our surgeons and their qualifications, visit our list of surgeons.
How do I choose my surgeon?
If you have a particular surgeon in mind we will do our best to accommodate, otherwise our patient care coordinator carefully considers your possible surgical requirement and timeline before selecting the surgeon best able to meet your needs.
Where do the surgeries take place?
Canadian Surgery Solutions is located at #300, 1402 8th Avenue NW in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Canadian Surgery Solutions is equipped with three, state-of-the-art operating rooms. Inpatient beds are available for those requiring additional recovery time post-surgery.
How quickly can I get in for a surgery?
Every case is different. Canadian Surgery Solutions prides itself on its ability to get patients into surgery quickly, typically within weeks of your initial inquiry. Contact us and we will work with you to find a time that fits in your schedule.
How do I pay for my procedure?
The surgical procedures offered at Canadian Surgery Solutions are private and not covered by Government Medical Services Plans. It is possible that extended health insurance plans may cover certain procedures. Please check with your provider.
Canadian Surgery Solutions accepts certified cheques and most major credit cards. Payment is typically required no less than two weeks in advance of surgery, here are a few options available should you require financing for your surgery.
How do I know if I qualify for surgery at Canadian Surgery Solutions?
Our patient care staff would be pleased to discuss, call and find out.
Is there anything I need to know leading up to or following my surgery?
Yes. Canadian Surgery Solutions staff will provide you with a take-home print out outlining the steps you should take both pre and post-surgery to ensure your best opportunity for comfort and preparedness.
Can I request a private room?
At Canadian Surgery Solutions we know that peace and privacy can make a big difference. While you are with us we are pleased to offer private rooms (based on availability) complete with TV and Internet. Private rooms are covered by most extended medical insurance policies. If you would like to know more about our preferred accommodations options please feel free to contact us directly at: (403) 220-0410.
Do I need any blood work or other tests performed prior to coming to Canadian Surgery Solutions?
Typically for patients that are 40 or older, and for any patient with problems relating to high blood pressure, Canadian Surgery Solutions requires an ECG test as well as hemoglobin and other blood work. Blood work is required with any surgery taking three hours or more. Other tests or assessments might be required depending on the medical history of the patient.
Can I eat, drink or smoke prior to my surgery?
No. A detailed breakdown of proper practices both pre and post-surgery will be made available to you prior to your surgery. However, as a general rule of thumb, most surgical procedures require that you not eat anything after midnight the day before the surgery. It is recommended that you not smoke for a minimum of 24 hours before surgery.
What type of anesthesia is used?
An anesthesiologist will be present and attend to your surgery. Working with you and your surgeon, they will determine which anesthesia is most suitable for you. Our anesthesia team has expertise in general anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, and local anesthesia with sedation.
What can I expect after receiving a general anesthesia?
Post Operative Advice and Restrictions for patients who have received General Anesthesia or Intravenous Sedation.
The sedative (sleepy) effects of general anesthetic or intravenous sedation may persist for several hours. For the next 24 hours you are legally “under the influence of a drug”.
During this period:
- You must be accompanied home by a responsible adult, who may either drive you home by a car, or take you home by taxi.
- You may not use public transportation. You may feel little sleepy when you get home. You must remain quietly resting at home for the rest of the day.
- You may feel dizzy, should this occur, lie flat until the dizziness is gone.
- You are encouraged to drink lots of juice (non-diet), for the first 4-6 hour. Light meals are recommended on the day of your operation: (e. g. soup, Jell-O, ice cream etc.)
- You must not consume any alcoholic beverages or recreational drugs for 24 hours.
- You must not consume any drugs affecting the nervous systems, e. g. sedatives, for 24 hours.
- You must not operate any motor vehicle, boat, power tools, or machinery for 24 hours. Check with your doctor when allowed to drive.
- You must not sign or enter into any legal contract for 24 hours.
- You may experience some muscular aches in your back and neck area Also, you may develop a sore throat or stuffy nose following a general anesthetic. These symptoms are not serious and will disappear in a short time.
- We strongly suggest that a responsible adult be with you, the patient, for the remainder of the day and night.
- Refrain from using ASA products, unless otherwise instructed by the physician.
If you have any questions or problem regarding your anesthetic, Please call your doctor’s office. If you experience any difficulties in breathing or any other complication/ concern, go to nearest Emergency Department or call 911.
Do I need to bring anything?
Depending on the surgery you may be required to bring crutches or a cane to assist you. The staff at Canadian Surgery Solutions will be sure to review your needs and inform you well in advance if anything is required. Please be sure to leave all personal items and valuables at home.
Can I be released on my own after my surgery?
No. A responsible adult must accompany patients that have received a general or spinal anesthetic for the first 12 hours following their surgery. For all other procedures Canadian Surgery Solutions will only discharge patients to a responsible adult who has the ability to drive you on their own or accompany you in a taxi. You will not be allowed to leave on your own and public transit is not deemed an appropriate means of transport.
When can I get back to activities following my procedure?
Every patient and procedure is unique, so make sure you communicate with your doctor to ensure you do not participate in any activities, work or otherwise, that may affect your recovery until it is safe to do so.