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13. On coincidence, bad luck and science

The risk of complications after a neurosurgical procedure is very small, but not negligible. You cannot predict in advance whether this will happen.

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12. Dozing off

Because the success of an operation depends on the whole team, I think it is important to talk to anesthesiologist Lucas Brozek about the anesthesia.

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11. The Big Spinal Quiz for the articulate patient

We play a quiz about the back, and afterwards you discover whether you still have something to brush up on. For the real heroes: give it a try without googling!

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10. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson

Which hernia is causing the leg pain? Only teamwork can help here. My ally in these criminal investigations is pain anaesthetist Dr. Poell.

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9. Tightening the thumbscrews

A narrowing of the lower spinal canal is caused by increasing compression of the nerves. Thanks to an operation it is possible to free it quickly.

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8. The morning after

You wake up a little uneasy in a comfortable bed in a nice room. It is the 'morning after', the day after the procedure. What now?

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7. “Why Me?”

We really want to influence our health, but how malleable is our health really? Sometimes you just have bad luck.

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6. Small in size, but big in quality

At Park Medisch Centrum and Bergman Clinics I offer non-acute and elective planable care. This is cost-effective and therefore beneficial for insurers.

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5. A doctor’s school visit

It is confronting but very useful to step out of your comfort zone every now and then and approach your work from a completely different perspective.

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4. Robot-assisted surgery

The precision of the spine robot exceeds all other clinical results where the surgeon chooses the direction of the screws 'hands free'.

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3. The new generation

It is inspiring to see that a new generation of doctors is eager to take my wonderful profession to an even higher level.

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2. Backache and being overweight

People sometimes think I'm strict, but I regularly advise patients who are significantly overweight to change their lifestyle before I operate.

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1. Backache and smoking

The harmful substances from smoking make your bones softer, increasing the risk of complications from poor bone healing after back surgery.

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Surgery manual

Dr. Schröder is happy to inform you about the surgical treatment of your neck or back condition. He also discusses the possible complications of the procedure with you.

After you've carefully weighed up the pros and cons of the surgery, you can decide for yourself whether you consider your condition serious enough to operate.

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  • Instructions for after you have left the clinic

    Once you leave the clinic:

    • Make sure that someone comes and picks you up in a car, and refrain from driving yourself
    • Make sure that you recline your car seat
    • Make sure that you are not home alone for the first few days following the operation
    • Allow the wound to heal for the first 2 to 3 weeks
    • You are allowed to shower, as the nurses will give you a waterproof plaster to cover your wound before you leave the clinic
    • You must not drive for 3 weeks, but you will be allowed to sit in the passenger seat while someone else drives you around
    • You are allowed to do whatever you feel up to, as long as you keep listening to your body and stop doing whatever it is you are doing whenever your body tells you to stop

    Your doctor, nurse and/or physiotherapist will provide you with more information on how to look after yourself following the operation.

  • How long will I have to stay at the clinic?

    Depends on the nature of the operation

    The duration of your stay with us will depend on your situation and on the type of surgery you are undergoing. If everything goes according to plan, and if you are undergoing a minor back or neck operation, you will only have to stay with us for one night. If you are undergoing major surgery, such as a spinal instability operation, you will generally have to spend a few nights at our clinics.

  • Swelling after surgery

    Swelling reduced after 2 to 3 months

    After the operation, your wound will swell, which may be painless but may also be a little uncomfortable due to your skin being pulled so taut. Generally speaking, the swelling will subside of its own accord within 2 to 3 months of the operation, and the skin will grow less thick.

  • Medication after surgery

    Following the operation, you will be given painkillers for as long as you need them. You will receive these painkillers in accordance with a set schedule. It is vital that you take your medication at the scheduled times, even when you are not experiencing any pain. In this way, your body will build up a steady level of analgesia.

    Most people will be able to stop taking painkillers a few days after undergoing back or neck surgery. If your painkillers somehow fail to provide you with a sufficient level of relief, we recommend that you notify a nurse as soon as possible. If you were on morphine-like medication prior to your operation, we advise that you gradually cut down on your medication after the operation, if your level of pain allows you to do so, in consultation with your GP. Acute withdrawal may result in adverse events.

  • Post-operative pain

    If you are experiencing an excessive amount of pain, you will receive additional painkillers

    The level of post-operative pain differs from person to person, and from operation to operation. Generally speaking, major lengthy operations will prove more painful than brief minor operations. At our clinics, all patients receive proper painkillers following surgery, as a result of which very few of our patients ever experience a great deal of pain. In consultation with yourself, we will determine your pain score, both at the ward and once you are home (we will call you to discuss this with you). If your pain score is too high, you will be given additional painkillers.

100% insurance covery

Nearly all treatments performed by Dr Schröder are covered by health insurance. This is true for the following conditions: neck hernia, spinal hernia, lumbar spinal stenosis and cervical spinal stenosis.

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