Preparation before the operation
Shower before you arrive, but please do not use body lotion or cream, as this will prevent the felt marker from adhering well. We recommend a light meal prior to the procedure. You should bring suitable clothes (e.g. dark, loose fitting sweat pants), because after the procedure there may be leaking fluids for around 24 hours. We will provide you with a plastic sheet which you can place between the bed sheets and mattress, and you will also get sufficient absorbent material.
First, I will discuss the process with you once more and answer any questions you may still have. During the process I will explain every step – and you can ask questions at any time.
After this we monitor blood pressure as well as vital blood values. Next you receive Atropine (as a pre-medication to stabilize the circulation), an antibiotic to prevent infection and, if desired, 1 Dormicum 7.5mg tablet (has a calming effect). Of course, these drugs are adapted for allergies or intolerances.
The areas to be treated are precisely marked with a green marker while in a standing position, much like the “altitude lines” on a map. Thus, you can express your wishes with regard to the extent of the areas agreed on for treatment and see in mirror that exactly the right areas are marked and nothing is forgotten. Then a photo documentation is made, a copy of which you receive to take home. Photos from three sides (no face) are helpful to plan and execute the operation and are a part of the confidential files within the patient’s history. The photos are also the basis of the “before and after” used as a quality control.
As you lie on the pre-warmed operating table, the areas to be treated are extensively disinfected and the rest of the body is covered with sterile towels as per hygienic stipulations. During the procedure, oxygen saturation of the blood and the pulse are continuously monitored, and depending on the situation, we also create an infusion, monitor heart rate and regularly measure blood pressure.