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Interview with a nurse from the Paris Etoile clinic


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Hello. Please introduce yourself and your job.

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 welcome the patients. So in the morning I take charge of them, I explain to them how the day is going to go, I prepare them for the operating theatre, I give them an infusion, they often receive an antibiotic as a preventive measure. Afterwards I accompany them to the operating theatre.

Sometimes I stay with them to put them to sleep in the operating theatre because there are some patients who are quite anxious, so in general I stay and hold the mask. And then I collect them after they leave the operating theatre, after the recovery room. As we are very mobile in the clinic and sometimes I “walk around” I sometimes go and say hello to them in the recovery room if I have time and if I can.

Otherwise, I collect them from their room when they return and look after them: so they see me until they leave.

As a nurse, I follow them throughout the day.

Are there any special things to do with lipedema patients treated with the liposuction WAL technique compared to other patients?

So pre-op, no, apart from the fact that when I call them the day before, I inform them that it may “sink in” a little afterwards and that they shouldn’t worry and that we know this very well and are used to it.

Post-operatively, for patients undergoing spinal anaesthesia, it is certainly different in the sense that they do not walk from the stretcher to the bed.

We are very attentive to the first or even the second rise. We are always present to avoid a small fall or another event that could happen. The patients who are under general anaesthesia it’s a bit the same thing because vagal discomfort is very frequent and so at the first and second rise as a nurse i am always in the room with them. I never let them get up alone. Even when they go out, I take them home. We are much more present for a lipoedema than for a rhinoplasty for example.

Do you have any tips for preparing for your surgery or for going home?

I would say that you have to follow the basic instructions for all surgical procedures to prepare yourself. For the post-operative period, we reassure patients about the discomfort they may experience, about the fact that they have to take off their bandages while lying down, that they have to get up and sit down in several stages, and that they have to hydrate well to compensate for the losses. We give them advice all afternoon.

Some come out of general anaesthesia so it’s a bit complicated for them to remember everything, so we repeat, we repeat! This way, they are more prepared at home because it is very common for patients to feel ill and they can panic if they have not been warned. The same goes for discharge, there can be a lot of discharge.

I systematically give patients two or three undersheets for their car, for the carer and for the house.

It’s perfect. Thank you very much.

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