You are going to undergo outpatient surgery
What is outpatient surgery ?
The patient only spends a day in the hospital. This is now possible thanks to the use of a minimally invasive technique but does, however, depend on the condition.
The day before your hospitalization
Several things must be done the day before the operation. Here are the various stages :
- Meet the anesthesiologist who will be looking after you during your stay in hospital
- Report any current treatments
- Discuss the different anesthetic techniques and pain management
- Carry out any complementary medical assessments your anesthesiologist may see fit.
The pre-operative appointment
A second appointment is scheduled with the medical secretary, the nurse, and the physiotherapist to arrange, explain, and organize the admission, discharge, and post-op follow-up.
During this appointment, the medical secretary will:
- Provide all the information you need regarding the operation
- Recover all the documents necessary for your hospitalization
- Check and explain all the administrative documents
- Hand over the discharge documents and the prescriptions after validation by the anesthesiologist
- Organize the transport home
- Check the post-op appointments with the nurse and the physiotherapist
- Confirm the type of operation
- Confirm the limb and the side to be operated on
- Accept payment for the operation
- Provides all the information necessary regarding paramedical care and medicines to be taken after the operation (pain killers)
- Explains the basic surveillance: temperature, swelling, scar
Gives information regarding post-operative symptoms that may indicate a problem and what to do.
The physiotherapist explains
- How to use the brace or the crutches, if indicated
- How to adjust them
- Techniques for using ice and what to do after the operation
- The initiation of the physiotherapy treatment – Initial tips regarding rehabilitation and self-rehabilitation in relation to your operation.
The day of the operation
Preparing your things
Administrative documents :
- Up-to-date carte vitale (health insurance card)
- Identity card
- Parental authorization for minors
- Health insurance
- Means of payment
Other examinations :
- Blood test
- Dental panoramic if requested
- Support stockings
- Ice bag
- Brace for the operation
Personal medication :
- Personal medication
Personal belongings :
(in case of a long hospital stay)
- Shower gel…
The following hygiene measures must be complied with before any outpatient surgery :
- Cut your finger nails and toe nails short
- Remove any dental appliances
- Remove any nail varnish
- Remove any makeup
- Remove any jewelry (rings, necklaces, bracelets, piercing…)
Hair must be removed using a depilatory cream (you must not use a razor).
If it is an operation on a lower limb, hair must be removed :
- from the belly button to the foot for a hip operation
- from the groin to the ankle for a knee operation
- from the knee to the toes for an ankle operation
For the upper limbs : hair must be removed from the chest and shoulder to the hands.
Betadine shower :
- The day before the operation, a Betadine shower is prescribed and must be taken at home. Here are the steps to be followed : take a bottle of Betadine (red bottle) and a single-use flannel
- lather until the foam is white
- wash your body in the following order :
- Belly button
- Genital area
- Anal area
- Insist behind the ears, the underarms, groin, and feet (between the toes)
- Dry yourself thoroughly
- Brush your teeth, clean your ears and put clean pajamas on.
From midnight the day before the operation, you must not eat, drink, chew chewing-gum, or smoke before arriving at the clinic, whatever the anesthetic.
If you do not comply with these instructions, the operation cannot take place.
Preparing for the first night after the operation (post-op night)
The first night must be organized before returning home to ensure you do not spend the first night post-op at home alone. It is compulsory to have someone with you after this type of hospitalization.
Do not forget to collect your medication from the pharmacy
The two days following the operation
- The medical secretary will call you to ensure all is well the two days following the operation
- You can contact the surgeon or the anesthesiologist if there is a problem
- The medical secretary is also available from Monday to Saturday from 7.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Outside these hours, you can contact the clinic 24/7.
What are the risks of outpatient surgery ?
Risks linked to short stay surgery include risks specific to the operation, for which you will have been given specific details, as well as to any anesthetic, and risks linked to outpatient surgery:
- Pain after returning home
- Faintness due to pain
The night following the operation, you must not sleep alone; a friend or family member must stay with you.
What are the advantages of outpatient surgery ?
What are the advantages of outpatient surgery?
There are numerous benefits:
- Greater comfort
- Quicker return to normal function and daily life
- Lower risk of contracting an infection in hospital
- Lower risk of phlebitis
- Shorter and therefore less expensive stay in hospital