Below, you will find more information and a number of appointments for a smooth anaesthesia procedure.

Virtual visit to the operating room.

Virtual visit to the operating room.

Patients often have a lot of questions when they undergo surgery. To prepare yourself, you can take a look in the preparation room, operating rooms and recovery room of the surgery area. There are also images of the single and double rooms. You can get more information through pop-up windows and from a number of nurses and physicians.

Visit the Pre-admission Department

Visit the Pre-admission Department

We ask you to visit the Pre-admission Department in the week before your operation at the latest. This ensures that the necessary tests can be carried out and the physicians will have the results available on time. For more information, please see here.

Informed consent

Your attending physician spoke to you about a surgical procedure or medical examination that requires appropriate anaesthesia. It is important to us that each patient provide his or her (voluntary) consent for the anaesthesia. This consent can, of course, only be given after a person has been completely informed. When you pass by the pre-admission desk, you may always request the leaflet ‘Finding out more about anaesthesia' for additional information.

On the day of the surgical procedure, you will always have the opportunity to speak in person with the anaesthesiologist who will be performing the anaesthesia. At that time, you may request more information about the type of anaesthesia and its effects.

You can download the document here.

Food and drinks before your surgery

Food and drinks before your surgery

For (general and partial) anaesthesia, you must be on an empty stomach. If your stomach is not sufficiently empty at the time of the anaesthesia, there is a significantly higher risk of airway inflammation or even pneumonia. This is because most forms of anaesthesia or severe pain relief suppress the swallowing reflex. This way, saliva or stomach contents can enter the lungs through the trachea.

Type of food:Example:Allowed until at the latest:
Normal mealmidnight before the surgery or examination
Light meale.g. a sandwich or toast with jam. Deep-fried/fatty foods or meat are not includedsix hours prior to the procedure or examination
Dairy productsMilk, bottle-feeding for a child, yogurt...six hours prior to the procedure or exam
Breastfeedingfour hours prior to the surgical procedure or medical examination
DrinksAs wished: water, sugar water, sports drinks, clear fruit juices without pulp (apple juice, grape juice)

a cup: clear tea and coffee without milk.
Recommended: continue to drink clear beverages up to two hours before the surgical procedure or medical examination

(Exceptions: gastrointestinal surgery. You should follow the instructions of your attending physician).

No dairy products.

Patients who continue to drink clear drinks up to two hours before the operation are less nauseous after the operation and will recover more easily.

Having an empty stomach in emergencies?

If surgery is urgent, the anaesthetist will put you under anaesthesia even if you are not on an empty stomach.

Home medication: should you take it or not?

Home medication: should you take it or not?

There are a lot of misconceptions about whether or not to take home medication before receiving anaesthesia.

What to take...

Take your medication, puffs and aerosols at home at the usual time on the day of surgery. Moreover, drinking a small sip of water is not in contrast to being on an empty stomach. For many medications, it is very important that you take them on the day of surgery. Suddenly interrupting certain medication (e.g. for high blood pressure) can even have undesirable consequences.

It is very important that the hospital physicians know exactly which medications you take at home. To do this, use the medication sheet in the welcome pack.

Click here to download the medication sheet.

Things to remember

Things to remember
  • Take off jewellery and piercings. They are not allowed in the operating room for hygiene and safety reasons.
  • Remove your contacts and bring your glasses and eyewear case.
  • You may continue wearing your hearing aids for most procedures.
  • If necessary, bring a container for your dentures.
  • Tell the nurse if you have any loose teeth.
  • Stop smoking as long as possible before the operation. Smokers are more likely to have respiratory tract infections and will cough more on awakening than non-smokers.
  • Do not drive vehicles after you have been sedated: your insurance company will probably not defend you in the event of an accident or damage to third parties.
  • We advise you not to operate machines and to postpone important decisions on the day of the anaesthesia.

Useful documents

Useful documents
  • You received the leaflet ‘Finding out more about anaesthesia' from your attending physician. Read it thoroughly. If you have any questions, Please contact the Anaesthesia Department Secretariat.
  • You also received a consent form for anaesthesia in which you declare that you agree with the planned anaesthesia. In the case of minors (until and including 17 years of age), at least one parent or guardian has to complete and sign this document. If this document is not in your medical records, the anaesthetist may refuse to put you or your child under anaesthesia.
  • It is important that you fill in your medication sheet and bring it with you to the hospital. Bring your medication to the hospital in its original packaging.

If you wish, you can download these documents at the bottom of the page.

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