How does an in-patient operation usually proceed?
If a patient requires admission to a clinic for in-patient surgery, you can be operated on by me in the following clinics:
An important criterion as to whether the operation should be performed on an outpatient basis (without an overnight stay) or as an inpatient operation is the patient's state of health. Inpatient operations allow the patient to be cared for around the clock, so that immediate intervention is possible even in an emergency, as well as optimal follow-up treatment.
When is an inpatient operation necessary?
Basically, it can be said that mainly complicated or extensive operations and surgical interventions under general anaesthesia are performed as in-patient operations.
What should be considered before an inpatient operation?
The instructions of the anaesthetists regarding fasting and taking medication must be followed in any case. If necessary, medications that impair blood clotting, e.g. aspirin or Marcumar, must be discontinued. However, this is always done in consultation with the doctor. Furthermore, the patient should bring available documents such as the results of previous examinations as well as a list of medications taken permanently with him/her to the inpatient admission.
What is the procedure for an inpatient operation?
The patient is usually admitted to hospital on the day of the operation. A few days before the operation, certain preliminary examinations and the discussion with the doctor as well as the explanation about the operation take place. Patients must be informed about the risks and possible complications of the operation and about the anaesthesia. On the day of the operation or one day before, the patient is given the necessary medication. On the date of the operation, the patient is accompanied to the operating theatre in good time. Following the operation, the patient is taken to the recovery room if necessary and then to the ward. On the ward, the necessary care with medication, dressing changes and follow-up examinations continues. If the patient's health has improved, he or she can be discharged after a few days.
What should patients do after discharge?
Depending on the operation and the wound, dressing changes and follow-up examinations will continue after discharge, but usually with a general practitioner. Medication should continue to be taken according to the doctor's instructions. If any abnormalities or complications occur, a doctor should be informed immediately. Depending on the surgery, further measures such as rehabilitation may be necessary.
Advantages of inpatient surgery:
A major advantage of inpatient surgery over outpatient surgery is the assured monitored care of the patient; this means that after a surgical procedure, continuous monitoring of the patient is ensured. In the event of any complications, specialist staff are immediately on hand. Overall, greater safety is provided for the patient. On the other hand, outpatient surgery also has certain advantages over inpatient surgery. For example, it enables recovery in the patient's own home, which is usually convenient for the patient, and last but not least, it also saves costs.