Your questions

Votre-avis-nous-interesseWhat happens during my appointment with the anaesthetist?

All patients requiring anaesthesia (loco-regional or general) must attend an appointment with an anaesthetist prior to their admission.

The anaesthetist will tell you which anaesthesia is most appropriate for you and discuss any health problems that may have implications for the anaesthesia. He may, if necessary, prescribe further tests (blood tests, electrocardiogram), along with any medicine you should take in preparation for the operation.

What happens during the pre-admission appointment with the medical care worker?

Your appointment with the anaesthetist will be followed by an interview with a medical care worker who will explain everything you will need to know about preparing for the operation, your stay at the clinic and your departure. They can also refer you for specific support (social nurse, sophrologist, psychologist, smoking cessation advisor, etc.) if necessary. They will regularly carry out tests requested by the doctor and will give you the date and time of your admission.

This will be the person to contact should you have any questions.

When should I come to the clinic?

You will be admitted either the day before or the morning of your operation, depending on the type of operation and the preparation required. At your pre-admission consultation, the nurse will give you the date and time of your admission. If necessary, the nurse may call you the day before the operation to inform you of the time of your admission, according to the timetable of the operating theatre.

Will I be in a bed or an armchair?

For any operation requiring loco-regional or general anaesthesia, you will be placed in a bed.

If your operation does not require you to be under anaesthesia at all or under local anaesthesia, you will be placed in a comfortable medical armchair.

Should I bring anything?

Even if you will only be in the clinic for a matter of hours, we advise you to bring a small bag containing toiletries (towel, flannel, shower gel), nightwear (pyjamas, nightshirt, t-shirt) and slippers.

You may also bring something to read.

For the operating theatre, you are allowed to bring an audio player (such as an iPod or Mp3 player) and headphones.

When can I go home?

Depending on the type of operation and the opinion of your doctors, you may be able to go home the same day, or you may have to stay one or several nights at the clinic.

If you are going home on the same day, the doctors will tell you after the operation at what time approximately you can be discharged. You must not leave alone, drive your car or spend the first night after the operation alone.

If you leave the clinic after one or several nights, you will be discharged no later than 11am. Depending on the type of operation, it may be preferable to have someone with you when you leave.

Can I eat or drink before my arrival?

If you have been asked to come in the day before your operation, you can eat and drink normally or as specifically instructed, and receive the evening meal provided by the Clinique Bohler.

If you are arriving the morning of the operation, you must not eat after 10pm and drink nothing after midnight the night before.

If you smoke, you are advised to stop altogether, or at least significantly reduce the amount you smoke. A smoking cessation advisor is available to help you. (link to the tobacco flyer). You should not smoke after midnight the night before the operation.

If you do not follow these instructions your operation may be postponed to a later date.

What are the rules on hygiene and safety?

Personal hygiene is crucial for the successful outcome of any operation, even minor surgery.

This is why we ask you to take a shower the day before the operation and another in the morning. Make-up is discouraged for hygiene reasons in the operating theatre. It could mask certain important signs of a problem (e.g. skin becoming pale).

You are also asked to avoid creams, oils and body milks which can prevent the disinfectant product applied in the operating theatre from remaining on the skin, cause burns in contact with certain operating instruments or reduce the effectiveness of others.

Wearing contact lenses or dentures is generally forbidden in case anaesthesia must be administered. For spinal anaesthesia, dentures can be kept in and contact lenses replaced by glasses. These must however be removed before entering the operating theatre.

Piercings present a hygiene risk and must all be removed.

If hair removal is necessary, you can do this yourself with hair removal cream (not shaving) before your arrival. Otherwise, a medical care worker will do this when you are admitted. You must not have any injuries, cuts or spots.

Why so many precautions?

The safety of our patients is our utmost priority.

With all surgical operations, we take all precautions possible to ensure they are carried out according to the strictest standards of safety.