Spire Healthcare hospitals work very hard to keep surgical wounds clean:
- All their hospitals have a very high proportion of single rooms which is recognised to dramatically reduce infections spreading.
- All Spire Healthcare staff are trained in exceptional hand hygiene to minimise any risk of cross-infection.
- Spire Healthcare nurses have the right skills and experience to apply dressings to keep wounds clean.
- Spire Healthcare help patients to mobilise as soon as possible to speed recovery.
- Operating theatres with laminar air flow is used for all major orthopaedic operations. Laminar air flow is an air filter system that cleans the surrounding air during surgery.
Private eye surgery and treatment
Cataract surgery involves taking out the cloudy lens in your eye and replacing it with a clear, artificial implant. The procedure most commonly performed is known as phacoemulsification.
Phacoemulsification is usually done as a day-case under a local anaesthetic. This means you stay awake during the procedure but your eye will be completely numb. You may be offered a sedative to help ensure that you are relaxed and comfortable.
Your eye surgeon will explain the benefits and risks of having a cataract operation, and will also discuss the alternatives to the procedure. Cataracts typically occur in both eyes, but they are usually treated one at a time.
An eyelid cyst or chalazion, is usually a painless lump or swelling either on the upper or lower eyelid which is caused by a blockage in one of the glands that supplies fluid to lubricate the edge of the eyelid.
Eyelid cysts are usually removed by having a minor operation under local anaesthesia. This means you will be awake during the procedure but the area will be numb and you will not feel any pain. The operation which usually takes about 20 minutes is routinely performed as a day case, requiring no overnight stay.
Your surgeon will explain the benefits and risks of having an eyelid cyst removed, and will also discuss any alternatives to the treatment.