You will normally be admitted on the day of the operation itself. It is best to take a shower or bath at home in the morning of the day of admission. However, you should not eat anything in the morning, but you may still take your medication, except for any anticoagulants

When you come to our hospital in the morning, you will first go to the Admissions Desk, which is located at the centre of the entrance hall. You will be registered, and you will not have to pay any kind of advance. You should indicate at this point whether you would like a telephone in your room.

Sometimes it will be necessary to disappoint you if your choice of room is not available. Most of the time you will have been advised of this by telephone, and you can then decide whether to go ahead with the operation or postpone it. After all, a hospital is not a hotel where you can simply reserve a room. Sometimes patients stay longer than expected, but our occupancy rate is 100%, so that sometimes your choice of room may not be available. If you would like to reserve another date, you need to notify both the surgeon and the Neurosurgery Secretariat.

A nurse will accompany you to your room, where some additional pre-operative preparations will still need to be carried out:

  1. Sometimes the area of your body where the surgery will take place will need to be shaved.
  2. For brain surgery, your hair will be washed. The surgeon will shave your hair in the operating room, but only in the actual area where the incision will be made.
  3. With heavy back surgery, the back is shaved and you will be given an enema.
  4. All patients must wear elastic stockings to prevent phlebitis and lung embolisms, which can be fatal. YOU SHOULD WEAR THESE STOCKINGS UNTIL YOU ARE HOME AND SUFFICIENTLY AMBULATORY
  5. Should you have had stomach problems in the past, you must report this to the nurse.
  6. Give the nurse your pre-op questionnaire and indicate the name of your GP!

Shortly before the operation you will be asked to put on a surgical gown instead of your own nightgown or pyjamas.

Before the procedure, the nurse will give you mild sleeping medication. You will also be asked to remove all your jewellery, watch, dentures, contact lenses, makeup, glasses, etc.

The timing of the surgery is the responsibility of the surgeon and not of the nurses. Do not blame them if you have to wait until the end of the day.