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Preparing for Scheduled Surgery

More than half of all surgeries in B.C. are performed to address a medical emergency or a condition that requires immediate attention.

Scheduled surgery, though medically necessary, is planned in advance. For this type of surgery, a surgeon’s office sends a booking package to the health authority where the surgery will be performed. Until the date of their surgery, the patient is placed on a waitlist.

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Steps to Scheduled Surgery

Find out what to expect from your first visit with your doctor until the date of your surgery.


Questions for Your Doctor and Surgeon

Patients, families, and caregivers work together to manage their health and health care. These questions can support you in making informed decisions about your care.


Health Authorities in B.C.