If you are admitted to the Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus for an operation, you should become aware that:
Despite the hospital preliminary daily schedule of surgeries, possible delays may arise due to the nature of our work. Such delays should be accepted as natural by patients, who are kindly asked to show patience when it comes to this issue.
The nursing staff will help you get prepared for the surgery. Be ready to follow the instructions and cooperate with the nursing staff in an effort to optimize your preparation.
If you currently take any medication on a regular basis (antiarrhythmic, antihypertensive, cardiac or other drugs) you need to inform your doctor and anesthesiologist on the preoperative check up. If considered medically necessary, you will be instructed by your doctors on what medicine, when and how to take it prior to surgery.
If you have an allergy, do not forget to mention it when asked.
If you take aspirin, anticoagulants or other similar drugs, you should always (if you have not done already) report it to your doctor.
If you smoke, you should follow the instructions given by your doctor during your pre-operative examination. You will probably be advised to reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke daily or to stop smoking at least preoperatively, so as to reduce the risk of respiratory infections and other medical conditions of the respiratory system. Most likely you will be given some bronchodilator or other medication, in order to prepare your respiratory system for the operation.
You will be requested to bathe with a particular liquid.
You will be given a patient gown (plain robe) to wear.
If you wear dentures, contact lenses and jewelry you should remove them and keep them somewhere safe.
Also the ladies should take precautions and remove any nail polish before the surgery.
You will be transported to the Operating Theatres on the hospital bed or on the wheelchair. The hospital porters will escort you to the Operation Theatres, where the staff of the department will receive you and take care of you.
The Operation Theatres Department is a relatively busy unit where doctors, nurses and support staff are continually.
In this department you may see other patients who are on a recovery mode or some who have already recovered by their operation.
You may be asked again the same questions as you been already by other staff. This repetition is done on purpose and ensures your own safety, so please be patient and answer all the questions as been asked.
When the Operation Room is prepared for your operation, you will be escorted there by the staff of the department.
The operation room staff will place various patches on your body prior to your sedation, in order to continuously monitor your vital signs (heart rate, oxygenation, blood pressure, etc.) during the surgery and recovery period that follows.
Once everything is ready you will fall in deep sleep and the surgery will begin.
During the operation the Anaesthesiologist will ensure that you remain asleep and you won’t feel the slightest pain, by administering the appropriate sedative drugs.
The anesthesiologist will continually monitor your vital signs. Depending on the surgical procedure you are going through, the anesthesiologist will administer the appropriate pharmaceuticals and/or interventions, so as to preserve the overall functioning of your body.
After the surgery completion, you will be directed to the Recovery Room within the Operation Theatres Department, where the anesthesiologist will monitor your vital signs until being convinced that you are ready to be transported to the patient room safely.
Your beloved may wait for you in your patient room or in the lobby of the hospital, being next to the hospital cafeteria on the ground floor.