Intervention

Hospitalization

When will the operation be performed?

The operation is usually performed on the same day as your hospitalization. In this case, you must arrive with an empty stomach. Stop eating and drinking six hours before the procedure.

Hospital stays last an average of five days.

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If you take some medications, this may require hospitalization the day before or a few days before surgery.

The intervention

What will happen during the intervention?

In the operating room, you will be put to sleep and then the surgeon will carry out radiological imaging to precisely locate the area(s) to set in place.

In general, the operation will last between two and six hours, depending on the technique used and the number of vertebrae to fuse. The neurosurgeon may need to insert one or two small hoses (drains or Redons) to allow the flow of blood to the incision areas. These hoses do not cause any pain and will be removed after a maximum of 48 hours.

The intervention

What will happen during the intervention?

In the operating room, you will be positioned to lie on your stomach. The physician will carry out a radiological exam to precisely locate the area of the herniated disc. After making a cutaneous incision a few centimeters long, the neurosurgeon will remove the hernia and possibly part of the disc.

It may be necessary to insert a small hose (drain or Redon) in the area of the incision to allow the flow of blood. This hose causes no pain and will usually be removed after 48 hours.

Preparation for the intervention

How should you prepare for your admission?

The Neurosurgery Division will send you a document to inform you about admission procedures for the division. You will also be scheduled for a pre-hospitalization consultation where you will see an anesthetist, a Resident in the Neurosurgery Division and a specialized nurse.

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What are spinal block and epidural anesthesia?

These are two techniques used to eliminate pain during a surgical or obstetrical procedure. They numb the part of the body that is being operated on:

A spinal block consists of injecting a medication (local anesthetic) into the cerebrospinal fluid (spine) where the nerve roots are located. This involves the use of a needle that is then removed. In rare cases, a catheter (very small soft tube) is placed through the needle to allow additional doses of medication to be injected.

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