Dr. med. Reinhard Kürsten
Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant
Before operation

Preliminary Consultation
Should an operation be necessary, a preliminary consultation will be held at my office. This is to clarify the type of operation, typical complications and the procedure itself. During this consultation you also receive the consent form and the anesthetic declaration which you must bring to the hospital. More important than blood tests, is a questionnaire regarding possible blood clothing problems. For healthy children and young adults I do not need a special pre-operative examination by your doctor

Patient Consent
The Patient Consent Form is a standardized document which explains the planned operation, lists typical complications and possible side effects which can occur as well as recommendations for the period after the operation. Don't be frightened. For legal reasons, all imaginable complications are specified, however unlikely they are to occur. Do not forget one important point - not having an operation which is judged medically necessary, can also lead to serious complications.

The explanations given in the Patient Consent Form cannot replace a detailed patient/doctor consultation. I consider it incredibly important to inform my patients personally and in detail about the procedure of the planned operation. After the explanatory consultation I ask you to read through the Patient Consent Form again at home. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions after rereading the form. We can set up another appointment if necessary. Please don't forget to bring all the forms and any relevant medical results or x-rays to the hospital.

In hospital

On the day of the operation you (or your child) should come to reception at the scheduled time. You (or your child) are allowed to drink clear liquids (water/tea) up to two hours before the operation. Milk or solid food is forbidden. As preparation for the anaesthetic most adults are given a tablet, while children are given a "suppository" to calm them down. As a result, patients feel more relaxed before being brought to the operating theatre. Parents, for whom the operation is often much more nerve-wracking than for the child, may accompany their children into the pre-operation room. After the operation they can then return to their children. Our young patients stay with their parents in the post-operation room until they have 'slept off' the anaesthetic. Don´t be concerned if your child is agitated. At this point that´s a normal reaction for children.

After waking up in the post-op room the patient will be brought back to the room. A simple adenoid removal is painless and also the tonsillectomy is considerably less troublesome for children than for adults. In most cases you are allowed to go home early the next day. After removal of the adenoids, the majority of patients are discharged in the evening of the same day. Only then the i.v.-line can be removed.

At home

Upon discharge you receive a short letter and, if necessary, a prescription for medication. In the letter you learn, what you should pay attention to at home and what needs to be done in a case of emergency. A check-up normally takes place one week after the operation. In case of a bleeding complication please call the ambulance (Tel. 144).
Opernring 4/2/6
A-1010 Wien
Telephone: +43 1 5126011
Telefax: +43 1 51260114
E-Mail: office.kuersten@gmail.com
Office Opening Hours:

Mo 13:30 to 6pm
Tue9 am to 12 noon
We13:30 to 6pm
Th13:30 to 6pm
Fr11 am to 3pm

We do not offer walk in appointments.

You are welcome to leave a message on the answering machine.
Standing on Ringstraße facing the Opera you will find my office on the left hand side.

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