The nurse will take you to the surgery ward. There you will be asked to get onto the operating table. The OR nurse will then take you to the operating room. The surgeon or the anaesthetist will usually ask you once more where you are experiencing pain. The anaesthetist will fit an infusion and you will be connected to a heart monitor. You will be gently sent to sleep via a small tube (the infusion catheter). This can sometimes cause a slightly burning sensation in your arm. Then a small tube will be placed in your airway and you will be connected to a machine that will take over breathing for you while you are undergoing surgery.

An operation can last from 30 minutes to 4 hours. As a result, your recovery will depend, among other things, on the type and duration of the procedure.

For back surgery you will be made to lie on your front on a specially designed table. This may result in tiresome discomfort in the arms or in the chest for several days after the operation. After neck surgery most people will experience discomfort in the shoulders for a few days.

At the end of the procedure the skin is closed up with an invisible suture, with clips or with skin glue so as to achieve an optimal aesthetic result. The closed wound will be covered with a sterile dressing that will remain in place until your nurse or your surgeon considers it necessary to change it. Wounds closed with skin glue do not require bandaging.

Depending on the operation, you will now be taken to the recovery room or to the Intensive Care Unit. You will be allowed to return to your room once you are sufficiently awake and recovered.

Naturally you will be afraid that you will experience a lot of pain after the operation. Our hospital has a special post-operative pain team that, together with your surgeon and with the nurses, will ensure that your level of pain will be acceptable. After all, you are not here to suffer but to get help with your pain. If you have pain, tell the nurse and/or your doctor straight away.