All patients undergoing surgery always visit the pre-operative consultation hour first. There they receive extensive information about the procedure before, during and after their hospitalization. About fasting, anesthesia or an epidural as an anesthetic and other techniques used during surgery. The anesthetist is a medical specialist who provides anesthesia to patients who have to undergo surgery or a painful, stressful examination.
But before a patient is operated on, we make, sometimes in consultation with the practitioner, and always in consultation with the patient, an estimate of the risks associated with such an operation and advice on which choices they can make best. To do this, we need to have a good overview of the patient’s health. Having such a conversation over the phone is not ideal. Because has the patient understood what was said? And is the patient really as fit as he or she thinks and says? Ultimately, the patient gives informed consent or permission for the medical treatment to be carried out
We believe that a large proportion of the relatively healthy patients who require surgery can go through these steps digitally from home using an intelligent questionnaire. This can be done at a time of your choosing without traveling to Erasmus MC.