One of the three neurosurgeons will see you in consultation and it will then be determined whether an operation is indicated. Most of the time, they will try to sketch out as clear as possible a picture of what exactly will happen during the operation itself. The operation you will undergo is called:

  • Cervical discectomy
  • Cervical arthrodesis (Anterior Decompression and Fusion, or ADF)
  • Cervical prosthesis
  • Cervical laminectomy
  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Micro-Endoscopic Discectomy, or MED
  • Nucleoplasty
  • Nucleus Pulposus prosthesis (implantation of a PDN or Prosthetic Disc Nucleus Device)
  • Complete disc prosthesis
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar arthrodesis (Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion of PLIF)
  • Brain surgery
  • Functional neurosurgery

If these concepts are not completely clear to you, please ask for additional explanations.

The surgeon has asked you what type of room you would rather be in. This has nothing to do with the quality of care, but with your own preferences concerning privacy. The choice of room (private or multiple bed) has financial consequences - your surgeon can answer your questions as regards his fees, and the hospital administration can tell you more about the costs of your stay (more under Point 7 ).

During this consultation you should also review the medication you take at home. Blood thinning medication (anticoagulants) should always be discontinued at least ten days before the operation!

What should you bring with you?

For the surgeon and the anaesthetist:

  1. Your most recent X-rays that may be of relevance to the operation. The operation cannot be performed without these documents.
  2. The results of the pre-operative tests and examinations. Your surgeon will usually ask you to go to see your GP and have these tests and examinations done before admission. They include a general blood test (including information on coagulation/platelets) and an electrocardiogram. These two tests are always required. They can also be done in our hospital in the Pre-Op Department on business days between 8:30 a.m. and noon, and 1:00 p.m. - 7 p.m. A third test is a lung X-ray. This test is not always necessary. Your doctor or the anaesthetist will decide whether it is necessary. This test cannot be done at your GP's surgery. In fact it is usually done on the actual date of the operation.
  3. Your blood group card.
  4. Always bring along any medication you take at home. This will ensure that you take the right medication.
  5. Should you have any anti-phlebitis (support) stockings at home, please do bring them along.
  6. Fill in the pre-op list that will be sent to you and bring it along.

For the Administration

  1. Your identity card and Social Security card.
  2. Your mandatory health insurance membership booklet.
  3. Your own address and telephone number and that of someone whom we may contact if necessary.
  4. Forms from your hospital insurer, if applicable.

At the time of "registration" at the hospital you will be asked to pay all or part of the amount due on the date when you are released. We can provide you with an approximate calculation of how much this will be. This amount is determined based on the number of days you will stay in the hospital, your choice of room, telephone costs and medication if applicable.

Most hospital insurance schemes will reimburse you for the difference between the actual bill and the amount you will receive from your mandatory health insurance.

For yourself

  1. Toiletry items such as: Wash cloths, towels, handkerchiefs, soap, combs or brushes, shaving tackle, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
  2. Clothing: Underwear, pyjamas or a nightgown, dressing gown, sturdy slippers

LEAVE ALL VALUABLES AND MONEY AT HOME

If you should nonetheless bring along anything of value or any money, you can ask that it be kept in the general safe in the Admissions Department. Make sure that you do not take them to your room.

Bring as little money as possible to the hospital. Only on the last day will you be asked to pay part of the amount due (see earlier).

Do not drive yourself here (see under "Parking" on our website). You will probably not be allowed to drive in the first few days after your release from hospital, and the cost of parking for several days on the hospital parking lot can quickly add up (a 7 day ticket costs € 12.70).