Patient preparation before surgery and stay at AICD
In some cases, it may be necessary to take laxatives on the day of admission, given the specifics of the planned surgical intervention. You will be instructed about the time of starting and discontinuing the intake of food and fluids for the day.
Your surgeon will talk to you before the surgery, and will inform you about the approach to be used – conventional (with abdominal access), or laparoscopic (bloodless surgery), depending on the specific possibilities in your case, as well as how your recovery period will pass – if you would need to stay in the intensive care unit, if you would experience pain after the intervention, etc.
If you take medication daily, your last intake should be at 06:00 a.m. on the day of surgery with a small amount of water, unless your surgeon specifically recommends that you skip this intake.
Depending on the complexity of the operation, the selected surgical approach, and on your individual condition, you may need to be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (AICD) after surgery, where pain relief and monitoring of your general condition will continue. After coming out of anaesthesia, you may feel cold, and you may experience nausea. or have urges to vomit – these are all side effects of the anaesthesia. You will be given infusions to relieve these side effects.
The length of your stay in the AICD depends on the type of specific surgery and is determined by your anaesthesiologist and attending surgeon. When your condition allows it, you will be allowed the intake of water and food, according to a dietary scheme tailor-made to your condition and the type of surgery, and at a later point the specially trained nurses in the unit will help you in your first attempts to move. In the beginning, you will feel a pulling sensation and pain when you get up -– this is a perfectly normal sensations that should not stop you moving, and it will gradually pass. Before getting out of bed for the first time, it is a good idea to do a few gentle movements of the different parts of the body in turn (arms, legs), and then try to stand up gradually and with the support of your nurse. Remember – getting up should always be smooth, with breaks, with your head and back straight. If you feel faint, stay in place, look for support to hold on to and breathe slowly and deeply!
Immediately after surgery, your surgeon will inform your close ones of your condition in person or by telephone, depending on your express wishes.
Discharge and epicrisis
The discharge of the patients in the Surgery Department shall be completed on a daily basis after 10:00 a.m. after providing an ID card, access card and a receipt for a completed payment.
If a histology result is not required, you will receive your discharge summary in duplicate at the Surgery Department on the day of discharge.
If a histology result is pending, you will receive your discharge summary upon discharge, and the final discharge summary shall be drafted within two weeks. On a workday, the discharge summaries are available between 10:00 and 14:00 o’clock at office 012 on the ground floor of the hospital, after making an appointment by calling 0882193970 in advance. On non-working days, discharge summaries are available in the department between 10:00 a.m. and 14:00 p.m. after making an appointment by calling 0882193970 in advance.