This pamphlet provides a comprehensive guide to answer questions you may have after experiencing a heart attack. Reducing the risk factors for heart disease, heart healthy eating, coping with emotions and stress, activity, medications and local resources are covered. Directions for managing chest pain and/or discomfort at home are given.
This guide will help you learn how to care for yourself safely before and after day surgery for a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. Topics include getting ready for surgery, what will happen on the day of surgery, what will happen right after surgery, and care at home. Things to avoid for 2 weeks after your surgery, activity, and bleeding are also covered. The French version of this pamphlet 2099, "Amygdalectomie et adénoïdectomie", is also available.
This pamphlet outlines care after varicose vein surgery. Special instructions (about pain medicine, activity, care of the incision, bandages, follow-up care and symptoms that need immediate medical attention) are given. Emergency contact information is provided.
Definitions of the following nose surgeries are given: nasal polypectomy, septoplasty, and septorhinoplasty. This pamphlet explains what will happen right after surgery and gives information on care at home, safety, and discomfort. The pamphlet explains when to contact your primary health care provider and what to do if you have slight bleeding. If bleeding does not stop, go to the nearest Emergency Department.
This surgery makes a new path so tears can drain directly into your nose. A plastic tube may be put in during surgery and taken out 6 weeks to 12 months later, depending on your eye surgeon. A brief description of getting ready for surgery, during surgery, and care after is listed. Symptoms that need medical attention are noted. The French version of this pamphlet 2097, "Intervention pour débloquer les canaux lacrymaux", is also available.
After your hand surgery, you will need to learn how to care for your suture lines (with a dressing, without a dressing, and with Steri-Strips™). Please check with your health care provider about suture removal. Contact information for Dr. Morris is given in case you have problems and/or complications.
This pamphlet explains some of the procedures that are carried out at the Cardiac Day Unit such as: cardiac catheterization, angioplasty (balloon), catheter ablation and ASD/PFO closure. These procedures are all defined. It provides directions to the Cardiac Day Unit and how to arrange an overnight stay at Point Pleasant Lodge. Other topics covered are: what to bring/what not to bring to the Cardiac Day Unit, when you can drive again, returning to work, services offered, and parking at the QEII…
This pamphlet will help you with your drain care at home. Most dressings and surgical drains can be handled by you or with the help of a family member or friend. The pamphlet defines T-tube, J. Pratt and Hemovac drains. Directions are given on how to empty these drains. Symptoms that require medical attention are listed. Chart are provided to record the amount of fluid.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can happen when bacteria (germs) get into the urinary tract. The urinary tract is made up of your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. UTIs are not sexually transmitted (partners do not spread the bacteria (germs) to each other). This pamphlet explains the signs of a UTI, how UTIs are treated, what you can do to help, what you can do for pain, and how to lower your chance of infection in the future. Symptoms that require medical assistance are listed.
A bone scan is done in the Nuclear Medicine Department. A very small, safe amount of radioactive material (radioisotope) is given. The dosage of the radioactive material is so small that it will not harm you. A gamma camera is used to take pictures. Getting ready for the test (what to wear and bring) is outlined. The steps of the test are provided. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call immediately so that another patient can be booked. The French version of this pamphlet 1956,…
A lung scan is done in the Nuclear Medicine Department. A radioactive material (radioisotope) is given. The dosage of the radioisotope is so low that it will not be harmful to you. A gamma camera is used to take pictures of your lungs. The pamphlet explains how to get ready for the test, what to wear and bring, how the test is done, and how long it takes. The French version of this pamphlet 1957, "Scintigraphie pulmonaire", is also available.
An indium white blood cell scan is done in the Nuclear Medicine Department. It is a 2-day test. This pamphlet explains the procedure for the scan, getting ready, what to wear and bring, and how the test is done. The French version of this pamphlet 1958, "Scintigraphie aux globules blancs marqués à l’indium", is also available.
A kidney scan is done in the Nuclear Medicine Department. A radioactive material (radioisotope) is given. The dosage of the radioisotope is so low that it will not be harmful to you. A gamma camera is used to take pictures of your kidneys. The pamphlets explains how to get ready for the test, what to wear and bring, and how the test is done. The French version of this pamphlet 1959, "Scintigraphie rénale", is also available.
This pamphlet outlines what to expect when you take part in a sleep study. The pamphlet will help you get ready for your visit by briefly describing the study and what to expect before, during, and after your stay.
This pamphlet will help you learn about having a cardiac catheterization (dye test) and what to expect after going home. This test shows the arteries that supply your heart muscle with oxygen, and how well your heart muscle and valves are working. This pamphlet describes how the test is done, getting ready for the test, and what will happen on the day of the test. What to expect if the test is done through your groin or wrist is explained. Information on what to expect after the test includes: …
The cornea is the clear front part of your eye. Your eye doctor has recommended a corneal transplant because you are not able to see well through your cornea or it is causing you pain. A donor cornea will be used to replace the damaged or diseased part of your cornea. Instructions for after your procedure and care at home are provided. The French version of this pamphlet 1718, "Greffe de cornée (kératoplastie)", is also available.
The sinuses are cavities (spaces) in the bones of the face and head. They have a lining that makes mucus. They can get inflamed (red and swollen) for many reasons. This can lead to nasal blockage (blocked nose), loss of smell, and sometimes pain. Surgery may be needed if medical treatment does not help the problem. This pamphlet explains what endoscopic sinus surgery is, how to get ready for surgery, what will happen after surgery, and care at home. A list of symptoms requiring immediate medic…
An aneurysm is a blood vessel in an artery that is bigger than normal. When it is located in the main artery of the abdomen, it is called an abdominal aneurysm. This pamphlet explains why an aneurysm happens, who is at risk, what it can do to you, and how an aneurysm is diagnosed and treated. The French version of this pamphlet 2079, "Anévrisme de l’aorte abdominale", is also available.
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 …
This pamphlet was prepared to help you in doing your own peritoneal dialysis at home. Illustrations are used to explain how to do a twin bag™ exchange. Information provided in the pamphlet includes how to deal with drain, fill, and mechanical problems. The Simplified Chinese version of this pamphlet 2214, is also available.