Surgical Risk: The anaesthesiologist is responsible for the overall safety of the patient in the Orthopaedic Operating Room
The anaesthesiologist minimises the patients individual surgical risk
Every surgical intervention in humans comes with a level of risk. For this reason every potential risk must be carefully evaluated and balanced against the expected benefit, before surgery is decided upon. Specialised orthopaedic surgery at the Gelenk Klinik starts with a thorough decision making process.
The expected benefits of your operation must outweigh any potential risks. The benefits that you can expect from a particular surgical procedure will be defined by the orthopeaedic surgeon, your personal level of risk from undergoing that procedure will be estimated by the anaesthesiologist.
How anaesthiologists evaluate personal risk
- Reviewing your regular medication
- Checking for an existing heart condition by ECG
- Checking physiological parameters and health by testing a blood sample in the laboratory
- Carrying out an in depth interview and risk assessment
- If required, consultation of specialists from other medical disciplines for further medical checks
The anaesthesiologist will determine your individual risk
Personal Risk Factors for Anaesthesia
- Cardiovascular situation (cardiac arhythmia, blood pressure)
- Neurological conditions
- Metabolic disorders, such as diabetes
- Regular medication
- Habits and lifestyle, such as smoking, alcohol, consumption, weight and level of overall fitness
The expected benefit of surgery is defined by your orthopaedic condition. However, there are many factors that will define your overall personal level of health. Many patients suffer only from an orthopaedic condition and are otherwise in perfect health.
The patients personal risk is a function of many factors: age, pre-existing conditions, underlying conditions (eg cardiovascular, tumors, neurological disorders). The individual risk of an orthopaedic patient is also defined by personal circumstances, such as the overall level of health and the likelihood of hereditary diseases.
The anaesthesiologist will also discuss with you personal habits, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, use of regular medication, weight and current level of fitness, in a confidential consultation. Every aspect of health and lifestyle is taken into account in a personal risk asessment.
Defining your individual risk during the pre surgery interview with the anaesthesiologist
All these factors will be evaluated in a thorough discussion with the anaesthesiologist prior to committing yourself to surgery. This evaluation is formal and independent from the preparation you receive from the orthopaedic surgeon. Without consent from the anaestesiologist, a surgical intervention can not be legally performed.
Legal Context of Anaesthesiology in GermanyAccording to German law the anaesthesiological investigation, also called premedication, takes place at least a day before the planned date of surgery. Both the anaestesiologist and patient should have enough time to gain a thorough understandiing of the existing individual risk. Only a state of emergency can override this rule.
Because our anaestesiologists have the experience of many years of clinical work, they are able to carry out a routine, very thorough pre surgery risk assessment of every patient.
In the orthopaedic Gelenk Klinik we apply tighter standards of patient security than many large hospitals which rely on high tech intensive care units to deal with problems when they arise. Our goal is to offer our patients the highest level of security prior to and throughout the surgical procedure.
Through use of strict monitoring procedures the anaesthesiologist keeps you safe during surgery
All cardiovascular parameters are continuously monitored throughout the procedure. Additionally both muscle activity and brainwaves are constantly measured and monitored. Monitoring of this data immediately warns of any potential problems during surgery, these can then be very quickly and easily corrected.
The wide choice of methods of anaesthesia contributes to patient comfort and safety.
Side effects of specific anaesthetic techniques can be minimised by careful selection of the correct approach, tailored to individual patient needs.
The experience of our surgeons and anaesthetists is something we are particularly proud of. As a result of their long established cooperation, individual complications are extremely rare at the Orthopaedic Gelenk Klinik. Since 1992 the Orthopaedic Gelenk Klinik has never lost a patient during surgery or had a patient suffer severe side effects from anaesthesia.
Expert anaesthesiological consulting is a vital factor in patient safety
We are happy to discuss your personal risk profile, as well as our proposed anaesthetic procedures with you even before you arrive for surgery. Sometimes we may advise adjustments to regular medication or a change in lifestyle habits before your visit to the Gelenk Klink in order to maximise your security during surgery.
International patients can be assured of our willingness to discuss and assess individual risk from the outset of the planning process.
We welcome any further questions regarding safety in anaesthesia or our anaesthesiological risk assessment procedure.