What will the procedures involve?


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Martin Tramèr
Head of Division

You will be given custom-tailored anesthesia by specialized doctors and nurses. Before you are brought to the operating room, you may be offered medication to control anxiety.

Your anesthetic care will start by fitting devices to monitor your vital functions:

  • Heart: patches connected to a screen will be attached to your chest.
  • Blood pressure: a cuff will be wrapped around one of your arms.
  • Breathing: a sensor will be placed on the tip of one of your fingers.

An intravenous infusion (drip) will be placed to allow for the administration of medication during the operation if necessary.

Your active participation is crucial to ensure that anesthesia is carried out under optimum conditions: make sure you report any pain you experience. After injection of the local anesthetics, the lower half of your body will feel "tingly", become heavy and then progressively go numb.

In addition to this localized anesthesia during the operation, you may be offered one of the following options during the procedure, depending on the operation or your own preference:

  • To remain alert and possibly to listen to music.
  • To doze spontaneously or with the help of medication.

Depending on the operation, or if this technique fails, you may be given general anesthesia.

Report any discomfort to the care team.

Note : the doctor responsible for anesthesia during your operation will not necessarily be the person you met during the consultation appointment. However, he/she will have all the information required for your care. He/she may suggest modifying the planned anesthesia technique if necessary.

For your safety, your identity, the type of operation scheduled and the surgical site (the part of the body to be operated on) will be verified several times during your stay. It is crucial that you cooperate actively with these checks.

Last update : 03/12/2019