Orthopaedic Surgeons

Before Your Surgery

Your Surgeon’s MOA will contact you when we are ready to book your surgery.  Admission date and time will be provided once your surgery is booked.

DO NOT eat or drink after midnight (24:00) the night before your surgery

  • No gum; No candy; No water
  • You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth but do not swallow any water

Stop taking Advil, Motrin, and Aspirin as well as all Herbal Supplements, Vitamins, or Minerals for 10-14 days prior to your surgery date. This is important because these medications and supplements can increase your risk of bleeding.

To protect yourself from infection, please do not shave your surgical site the day before or on the day of your surgery.

Crutches and braces can be purchased at the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital on the day of surgery. If you bring your own please make sure they are clearly labelled.

You MUST have someone to drive you home after surgery.

Approximately one-week before your surgery, a nurse from the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital will call you to provide further information.

Refer to the FAQ: Before Surgery section for a list of commonly asked questions.

Contact your Surgeon’s MOA if your contact or medical history changes or you have any questions.

  • Dr. Heard – Marta – email  or 403-760-2897 Ext 1
  • Dr. Buchko – Katie – email or 403-760-2897 Ext 2
  • Dr. Hiemstra – Delphine – email or 403-760-2897 Ext 3
  • Dr. Kopka – Marta – email or 403-760-2897 Ext 1