Pre-preparation for surgery
Pre-Admission Counselling and Evaluation (PACE) clinic
Before any surgery, you will need to be assessed by an anaesthetist at the Pre-Admission Counselling and Evaluation (PACE) clinic. Please inform the anaesthetist if you have any medical illnesses or any of the following:
Most spinal surgery is done under general anaesthesia. This will be further discussed by the anaesthesiologists at the pre-admission clinic. Sometimes, the doctor at PACE clinic may refer you to other specialists to investigate/optimise your medical condition(s) before surgery. This can result in postponement of your surgery.
Day of admission/surgery
You will receive medication(s) in the operating theatre to make you sleep unless your neurosurgeon has told you otherwise.
After you are asleep, one or more of these catheters/tubes may be inserted: