Your discharge

How should you prepare for your discharge?

It is possible that you will be discharged as early as the fifth day after the operation at 11 a.m. It is preferable that one of your family members be present for your return home. They can also accompany you over the next few days to your appointments.

Depending on your health status, the doctor may prescribe a home-based carer (for cleaning, meals, etc.) in collaboration with the Geneva Home Assistance Institution (Institution genevoise de maintien à domicile (imad)).

The intervention

What will happen during the intervention?

In the operating room, you will be put to sleep and then the surgeon will carry out radiological imaging to precisely locate the area(s) to set in place.

In general, the operation will last between two and six hours, depending on the technique used and the number of vertebrae to fuse. The neurosurgeon may need to insert one or two small hoses (drains or Redons) to allow the flow of blood to the incision areas. These hoses do not cause any pain and will be removed after a maximum of 48 hours.

Preparation for the intervention

How should you prepare for your admission?

The Neurosurgery Division will send you a document to inform you about admission procedures for the division. You will be referred for a pre-hospitalization consultation when you will be seen by an anesthetist, a Resident in the Neurosurgery Division, and a specialized nurse.


Brochure pour les patients - La spondylodèse

What is spondylodesis?

Spondylodesis is the fusion of two or more vertebrae.

What are the indications?

Spinal column injury, degenerative changes, recurrent herniated disc, vertebral instability or a fracture may require spondylodesis.