Dr Pr. D’Agostino, MD, PhD

Hand Clinic Brussels - Lasne

LOUISE +32 2 534 29 99 LASNE +32 2 653 11 11

Hospitalization

One Day Clinic (discharged on the same day as admitted) is the most common type of hospital treatment (95% of operations). In some cases, it will be preferable to admit you as an inpatient.

Dr D'Agostino will personally schedule your operation with the operating room and inpatient department.

Some recommendations :

The night before your procedure :

  • Please telephone the Secretarial office at the Ste-Elisabeth One Day Clinic on +32 2 614 20 30, between 3pm and 5pm, to find out the time of your surgical procedure.
  • You should arrive 1-1.5 hours before the scheduled time of your procedure.

On the day of the operation :

  • Ensure you have an empty stomach (do not eat or drink from the midnight before)
  • Arrive at the scheduled time
  • If you are unable to do so, contact the Dr D'Agostino or secretarial office as soon as possible on
    +32 2 614 20 30
    (One Day Ste-Elisabeth)

Bring with you :

  • Your current SIS card or European Health Insurance Card
  • Your identity card or Passport
  • Your private insurance documents
  • Your completed health questionnaire
  • Your x-ray, electromyography and biological test results, if you have them
  • Your personal medication

Be careful :

  • Do not bring any jewellery or valuable items
  • Remember clothes with wide sleeves
  • For children, don't forget their favourite possession
  • You will not be able to drive when you are discharged, so do not bring your own vehicle - arrange for someone to collect you

Preparation before the operation :

  • After meticulously washing your hands, trim and scrub your nails and remove nail varnish.
  • Remove your rings

How to remove your ring ?

Our bodies change over the course of the years. Arthritis causes an increase in the volume of the joint.

If you are unable to simply slide your ring off, try one of these techniques:

1. Use a lubricant of any kind, such as soap or oil.

2. Raise the limb for 5-10 minutes with ice around the ring and finger.

3. Compress the tissue swelling with thread or dental floss.

a b c

a. Slide the thread beneath the ring, with the largest part towards the fingertip.

b. Starting at the ring, gradually wind the thread around your finger, compressing the tissue. Continue towards the fingertip, going over the joint.

c. With the free end of the thread which was underneath the ring, begin to unwind the thread, allowing the ring to pass over the joint.

4. If all of this fails, cut the ring using a ring cutter. These can be found at jewellers or in emergency departments.