Day of your hospitalization
The day of your admission, make sure you bring your medical documents with you. You will check in at the admission desk located in the clinic's entrance hall, usually pre-admission will have been done on the day when your surgery has been scheduled.
When you're admitted the day before surgery, the surgeon will visit you to make sure you're ready for the operation.
Day of your surgery
Follow the pre-operative instructions that you have been given during the anaesthesia consultation.
- Changes in regular medication that may be necessary;
- Hygienic measures to observe:take pre-operative shower, cut nails (no varnish or artificial nails), brush hands, no jewels or piercing;
- You will given instructions for pre-operative fasting.You must not drink, eat or smoke;
- A person must be available to look after you after your outpatient surgery.
- Instructions for clothing to be worn on day of surgery (full sleeves, no corset).
During the surgery
You will be taken from your hospital room to the technical platform.
The technical platform is comprised of cubicles used for loco-regional anaesthesia preparation, operating theatres, and a post-operative monitoring room (observation ward).
For the preparation of the anaesthetics, you will be placed in the induction room.
Une ultime visite de l’anesthésiste permettra de vérifier que l’ensemble des conditions sont réunies pour votre intervention (visite anesthésique pré-opératoire).
The anaesthetist will see you one last time to check all conditions are met to proceed with surgery (pre-operative anaesthetic visit).
When the anaesthetic is ready, it will be verified and you will then be taken to the operating theatre.
You cannot follow the procedure visually. For aseptic purposes (infection prevention) and for your comfort, you will be screened off from the surgeon by a sterile operative field. However you can relax by watching TV or listening to music.
At the end of the procedure, you will be taken to the post-operative monitoring room. At this stage you will be monitored by a specialized nurse who will remind you of the post-operative instructions and offer you pain-killing treatment to ward off post-operative pain. Anticipating pain is essential.
In outpatient surgery, the anaesthetic will usually still be active when you leave the clinic. The time it takes to disappear varies, depending on the individual.
For full hospitalization, you will be taken back to your hospital room while the anaesthetics are still active. The painkillers prescribed by the anaesthetist will gradually take over from the loco-regional anaesthetics.
Whilst on the operating technical platform, you will be monitored by the anaesthetist and nurses who can step in at any time.This monitoring is optimized by placing an armband and cardiac and respiratory sensors when the care pathway starts. Depending on your health, the type of anaesthesia performed and the various phases of the procedure, your hospitalization will last a few hours.
After the surgery
Keep your hand higher than your elbow.This will reduce pain and finger swelling.
Avoid suffering, don’t wait for excruciating pain to start to take your painkillers.
Observe a period of quiet and rest until bedtime.
Move your fingers several times every hour until bedtime.
Homecoming and post-operative follow up
You will be driven home by a friend or family member, or less often in a light medical vehicle depending on your options and on duly documented medical prescription.
Before you leave, you will be given your post-operative report as well as a copy of the letter that will be sent to your regular general practitioner.
At home, the presence of a friend or family member is required for the day and first post-operative night.
You will be given the date of your next appointment with your surgeon (post-operative consultation) as well as an emergency number allowing you to contact your surgeon if necessary.
The assistance of your regular GP is essential and will be more effective if he/she has been notified of the nature and date of your surgery beforehand.
All critical pre-, per- and post-operative anaesthetic and surgical data are committed in real time to an electronic medical record which is used by the medical team to know the exact current status of the activity, procedure allocation, or incidence of secondary complications.