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Operations & Hospitalizations

Operations are performed on the site of the Nouvelle Clinique Bel-Air.
138 avenue de la République
CS11425- 33073 BORDEAUX Cedex
Fax : +33 5 57 81 06 39
N° Indigo : 0 826 300 606

Opening Times:


Permitted from 13.00 to 20.00.

Access by Bus:

Lines 1 and 16: stop at “Bel-Air”; Line 41: stop at “Moulin Rouge”
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Nouvelle Clinique Bel Air website:

Nouvelle Clinique Bel-Air :

After two years of important building work, the Nouvelle Clinique Bel Air opened to the public on January 1st 2014. It brings together the medical and surgical activities of three institutions: the former Tourny, Saint-Louis and Bel-Air clinics.

Clinique Bel-Air

The 16.000m2 buildings, built or rehabilitated according to environmental-friendly ambitions, creates functional and vast interior spaces, adapted to the needs of both users and professionals (rooms for families, dedicated relaxation areas, individual rooms for patients receiving ambulatory treatment, 200 patient and visitors parking spaces underground, etc.).

The medical group Bordeaux Nord Aquitaine decided to push for the concentration of resources and competencies by gathering all doctors and medical staff on the same site. This strategic orientation allows better accessibility and optimal working conditions around a new and highly efficient technical platform: Patients will thus benefit from optimal conditions throughout the course of their stay. This new medical project strengthens the traditional activities of the three previous institutions: The second major goal of this medical project is to develop innovative techniques.
The institution invested in new equipment, allowing patients to benefit from the most recent technology, in particular in treating eyesight pathologies, spinal surgery or prostate cancer.
The institution’s medical policy also created a strong participation in clinical research, for example in ophthalmological oncology. Our goal is to push forward medical publications drawn from clinical cases observed here at the Nouvelle Clinique Bel Air.
Thanks to this ambitious medical project and to the skills of our 80 doctors and surgeons, as well as to our 160 employees coming from the three former clinics of the Bordeaux Nord Aquitaine medical group, the Nouvelle Clinique Bel Air has optimal resources and expertise brought together by this gathering, improves the continuity of care and promotes specialised medical surgery.

Procedures and instructions:

Pre-surgery procedures:

We recommend that you follow the following instructions:
  1. Send a copy of your hospitalization form to your medical and/or surgical mutual fund and to your Social Security centre (only if the latter is based outside of the Gironde county), without forgetting to fill in your personal details.
  2. Book a meeting with one of our anaesthetist as soon as you have been confirmed the date of your operation This appointment is for your mandatory pre-anaesthetic consultation, which will take place at the Clinique Bel Air
  3. After your consultation by anaesthetists, you must register for pre-admission at the Clinique BEL-AIR.
    Information about the coverage of your treatment by your surgical mutual fund will be delivered during the registration process.

Do not forget to bring the following documents with you: social security and surgery mutual fund cards, results from biological or radiographic examinations linked to your treatment.

Pre-surgery instructions:

If you are to receive surgery operation, we highly recommend that you have a shower and wash your hair the morning of the day of the operation.

Post-surgery instructions:

You have just undergone surger:
We recommend that you carefully read the instructions below. If facing a problem, do not hesitate to contact us. After your operation, once you leave the clinic, follow the instructions given on your prescription form to the letter.

Post-surgery treatment:

Standardized treatment is as follows:

It is perfectly normal that eyelids show some ecchymosis and that the white part of the eye looks a bit red. These traces of blood disappear within ten days. They are highly variable and patients might have more or less traces of blood in one eye or the other.

• After a cataract operation, you can wear your former prescription eye glasses. Your ophthalmologist will modify your correction usually three weeks after the intervention. Meanwhile, and if your former correction is causing you pain or trouble, your optician can equip you with neutral correction glasses

• In some cases (surgery for retinal detachment, vitrectomy for macular hole) you will be asked to maintain a certain body position during the day and, in some cases, during the night. It is of the utmost importance to the success of your operation that you maintain this body position, as your eye will be partly or totally filled with a gas keeping your retina in place during the healing process. This gas will disappear within ten days. It is normal to notice a small ‘bubble’ floating horizontally in the inferior part of your visual field, ‘just like with builders’ level instruments’. This bubble might fragment into several smaller bubbles (‘like grapes’). This is perfectly normal and innocuous.

• Moderate pain and red patches are normal after an operation. However, if your eye is extremely inflated or very painful, or if it festers, you should call an emergency number. A serious eye infection is always possible after surgery and needs urgent treatment to be efficiently dealt with.

How can I wash? : You can have a bath or shower as soon as you return home, so long as you avoid getting water into your eyes.

What can/can’t I do? : Reading and writing are perfectly fine as soon as you return home. You can also watch television without any restrictions. Any significant physical effort as well as the practice of any sport are forbidden for one month. Your ophthalmologist will give you their authorization to have physical activity again. Walking is allowed as soon as you return home.

Can I drive? : You may start to drive again with great care in the days or weeks following your operation, depending on your visual acuity and or general state of form, which will be both tested by your ophthalmologist and your GP.

As soon as you leave the clinic, take your control appointments with your regular ophthalmologist and with your surgeon, following their instructions.