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How does an operation work?
Premedication, education, anesthesia, surgery and recovery room are just a few of the key words you will come across before an operation. We would like to introduce you to the general process and take away your fears and worries.
In our 11 operating theaters, operations are usually performed from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Our specialized surgical team ensures every day that everything is optimally prepared for your operation.
An average of around 50 operations at the highest medical level are carried out every day. For this we have operating rooms equipped with the latest technology.
In our hybrid operating room, particularly complicated interventions can be carried out under continuous X-ray monitoring.
Are you going to have an operation? You are in the best of hands in our clinic! Our specially trained anesthetists, new drugs and modern equipment ensure your safety.
But before that happens, a few things need to be clarified. In a preliminary talk with your anesthetist (also known as the anesthetist), all the details are discussed individually in the anesthesia outpatient department:
- The most suitable form of anesthesia for you
- Anesthesia technique and medication
- Allergies and previous illnesses, general health condition
- Risks and side effects of anesthesia
- Fears, worries, questions
Our anesthetist will talk to you in detail before your procedure and fill out a questionnaire. This form is the basis for individual medication and the planning of particularly safe and gentle anesthesia.
Our concern is that we build a relationship of trust with you as early as possible and take away your individual fears and worries about anesthesia. We are by your side at all times!
What happens on the day of the operation:
On the day of the operation, you must not eat anything or drink cloudy liquids for six hours before the anesthesia. You can take a glass of water or a special carbohydrate solution that you may receive from us up to two hours before you start.
If you have any questions about the planned surgery time, please contact the nurse on the ward. In the preliminary talk it will also be discussed which medication you should take on the day of the operation. The surgeon marks the side to be operated on with a waterproof pen. After we have discussed all organizational points with you, you will be taken to the operating room on the day of the operation. Our specially trained transport service brings you to the operating room lying in bed. If you have an outpatient operation, you walk to us and you will receive further care in a special outpatient area. You will also be changed there.
What's next in the operating room?
In the operating area, you will be transferred to another bed on an operating table. After you have arrived in the operating room, you will be welcomed by our surgical assistants, anesthesiologists and specialists and instructed again in the process. We go through a checklist with you. Here you will be asked again about your name, the planned operation and important concomitant illnesses such as allergies. This happens several times and serves the greatest possible security. Shortly before the start of the operation, we begin with the preparations and monitor your heart activity (EKG), your blood pressure and place an infusion, the so-called vein drip, into one of your arm or back of your hand veins. A small measuring device on your finger shows us how high the oxygen level is in your blood.
The anesthesia begins:
Now the anesthesia begins - here we proceed as discussed with the anesthetist. Your anesthetist will stay with you for the entire duration of your operation.
Safe during the operation:
Before the operation begins, the entire team makes a so-called "team time-out". Here, all important points of anesthesia and surgery are discussed very carefully with everyone involved. We are always with you for the duration of the entire procedure and monitor your body functions.
What happens in the event of a power failure? In the event of a power failure, emergency power generators take over the power supply of the devices and surveillance monitors. Special precautions mean that the operation can continue to be carried out safely.
After the operation it goes to the recovery room:
At the end of the operation, you will wake up in the operating room. You will then be taken to the recovery room. An experienced nurse is at your side to monitor your waking up. Depending on the form of anesthesia, the wake-up phase can take different lengths of time. In the final phase of your operation, our nurses and doctors ensure that you have survived the procedure well. Here, too, we ensure that you wake up painlessly and can also give you pain medication if necessary. Seldom does nausea occur after anesthesia. This is treated with medication in the recovery room. If you are sufficiently awake and wish, we offer you a small ice cream for a faster recovery. You will then be taken back to the relevant specialist department or - if the procedure was carried out on an outpatient basis - you may even be discharged home accompanied.
We are here for you!
If you have any questions about the process, we would be happy to discuss this with you.
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