Interview with a nurse from the Paris Etoile clinic
Hello. Please introduce yourself and your profession.
My name is Lexane, I have been working at the Paris Étoile clinic for three years since it opened. I am a nurse.
What do you do on a daily basis at the clinic?
So my job at the clinic is to greet patients. Suddenly in the morning I take care of them, I explain to them how the day will go, I prepare them for the OR, I give them an infusion, they are often given an antibiotic as a preventive measure. Afterwards I accompany them to the OR. Sometimes I stay with them to fall asleep in the OR because there are some patients who are quite anxious so I usually stay, hold the mask. And then I pick them up after leaving the OR, after the recovery room. Since we are very mobile in the clinic and sometimes I “walk” I will sometimes say hello to them in the recovery room if I have the time and if I can. Otherwise after I pick them up in the room when they return and I take care of them: suddenly they see me until the exit.
In fact, I follow them all day.
Are there any special things to do with patients with lipedema treated with the WAL liposuction technique compared to other patients?
So in preoperative, apart from the fact that when I call them the day before, I inform them that things can “flow” a little later and that they should not be worried and that we know very well. that and that we are used to.
Postoperatively, for patients who are in spinal anesthesia, it is certain that it is different in the sense that they do not move to the bed on foot from the stretcher. We pay close attention to getting up for the first time, or even getting up for the second time. We are always present to avoid a small fall or another event that could happen.
The patients who are in general anesthesia it is a bit the same thing because vagal discomfort is very frequent and suddenly the first and second waking up I am always in the room with them. I never let them get up on their own. Even for the outing I take them home. We are much more present for lipedema than for rhinoplasty, for example.
Do you have any advice for preparing for your intervention or for returning home?
I would say you need to follow the basic guidelines for all surgeries to prepare. For the post-operative period, patients are very reassured about the discomfort to which they may be subject, on the fact that it is necessary to remove the bands lying down, that it is necessary to get up and sit down in several times, to hydrate well to compensate for the losses.
We give them advice all afternoon. Some come out of general anesthesia so it’s a bit complicated for them to remember everything so we repeat, we repeat! That way they are more prepared at home because it is very common for there to be patients who do little discomfort and they can get panic if they have not been warned. Likewise for the flows, there can be a lot of flows.
I systematically give patients two or three mattresses for their car, for their companion and for the house.
Perfect. Thanks a lot.
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