Dialysis is a life-saving treatment which takes away waste and extra water from the blood. This pamphlet discusses why your kidneys are important and how you will feel if waste products build up in your blood. It defines acute kidney failure, dialysis, and hemodialysis. It discusses how long, and how often the treatment is needed and the special catheters needed for the treatment. Challenges for those living with kidney disease, resources available, as well as instructions for follow-up care ar…
Your healthcare provider feels that treatment with adalimumab may be helpful in managing your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This pamphlet describes what adalimumab is and some important aspects of therapy with this medication. Precautions and possible side effects are listed.
Addiction community-based services are available for people who are having problems with reducing or stopping their use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and/or gambling, and their families. This pamphlet describes the community-based services that are available, including individual treatment, group treatment, skill based workshops and two week treatment programs. Womens' only programming for people who identify as women is also available. Information on how to access the programs and other community…
Adrenal insufficiency happens when your adrenal glands do not make enough hormones. Your body needs the right amount of these hormones in order to live. Adrenal insufficiency may be permanent or temporary. Causes, symptoms, medication, and special dosage instructions for stressful times are provided.
This guide is to inform the reader about the services offered by the CF Program and how to access them. The first part of the guide identifies the members of the health care team and their roles. Common tests are explained. Other topics covered in the pamphlet are: medications, maintaining equipment, respiratory equipment and supplies, home intravenous antibiotics and hospitalization. Your role, keeping yourself updated, and the importance of research in battling CF is explained. Symptoms that …
Topics include care of your incision, discomfort and/or pain, sexual activity, general activity, healthy eating, and symptoms that require immediate medical assistance.
This pamphlet will give you some guidelines for your care at home after a breast biopsy. It outlines controlling discomfort, hygiene, activity, care of your incision, and symptoms that require immediate medical attention.
This medicine is used to treat discomfort, pain and/or swelling. Local anesthetic will be injected with the corticosteroid. Comfort measures are given to use after the injection. Some safety points about the use of ice and heat are also provided.
During a cystoscopy, a ureteral stent may be placed in a ureter. The stent is usually used to relieve a blockage or obstruction. A scope is passed through the urehtra into the bladder. Your urologist will be able to examine the inside of your bladder and the urethra. What to expect after a cystoscopy and a list of symptoms that require immediate medical attention is given.
This pamphlet provides information about what to expect after having surgery to remove wisdom teeth. Pain and discomfort, controlling bleeding and swelling, what to expect with swallowing and opening your mouth wide, bruising, feeling unwell and having a fever, hygiene/mouth care, eating guidelines, signs of infection, stitches, sedation and anesthesia, activity, smoking, and what to do if you experience a dry socket are discussed. Contact numbers for both urgent and non-urgent questions are al…
This pamphlet answers questions you may have after ear surgery. A list of symptoms that require you to visit the nearest Emergency Department are given. The French version of this pamphlet 1920, "Après une chirurgie de l’oreille : foire aux questions", is also available.
You will need surgery to treat your glaucoma if the pressure inside your eye stays too high even with the use of drops and/or laser treatments. Topics include: how surgery is done, trabeculectomy, shunt procedure, and what happens after surgery. Instructions for your care at home are provided. This includes activity, using eye drops, and the symptoms that require immediate medical attention. The French version of this pamphlet 1894, "Après une chirurgie du glaucome", is also available.
After your hand surgery, you will need to learn how to care for yourself. Topics include activity, dressing, stitches, bleeding, signs of infection, and signs of blood flow problems. Contact information for your surgeon and steps to follow are given in case you have problems and/or complications. Contact information for the Plastic Surgery Clinic is also provided. The French version of this pamphlet 1898, "Après une chirurgie de la main", is also available.
A laminaria which is about the size of a matchstick has been placed in the cervix. It is very important to return to the Clinic the next day. You must have someone accompany you home and stay with you to provide care as needed. If you have heavy bleeding, strong cramps that do not settle, a fever or chills, you should go to the Emergency Department.
This pamphlet provides information about home care after minor oral surgery. Discomfort, activity, mouth care, controlling swelling and bleeding, eating, and stitches are discussed. Contact numbers for both urgent and non-urgent questions are also provided. The French version of this pamphlet 1727, "Après une chirurgie buccale mineure", is also available.
This pamphlet answers common questions about care after surgery. Topics include: how you will feel, restrictions on activities, what to eat, managing pain, care of the dressing(s), driving, and returning to work. Specific instructions are given for patients with sleep apnea, and patients who use CPAP machines. The pamphlet includes a list of symptoms that need immediate medical attention.