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How Can I Make the Most of My Surgery Consultation?

[fusion_text]Though cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more accessible and popular, it’s important not to forget that it’s often a complicated and specialised operation, sometimes requiring general anaesthetic. The more you know about the procedure, the more you can ask during the consultation period, and the more enlightening the encounter will be.

When travelling for your pre-surgery consultation, remember that doctors often talk in highly specific and technical language. If you are feeling confused or don’t understand something they’re telling you, ask them to explain it in layman’s terms – it’s absolutely imperative that you have
peace-of-mind before heading to the operating table.

It’s also important that you bring something to the table, so try to spend some time researching the procedure you’re undertaking. It will give you a greater understanding going into the consultation, as well as likely resulting in additional, more in-depth questions for your surgeon. Some questions you should ask your surgeon:[/fusion_text][checklist icon=”fa-angle-right” iconcolor=”#ffffff” circle=”yes” circlecolor=”#258390″ size=”small” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=””]How many times have you performed this procedure?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]How long have you been performing this procedure?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]What other procedures do you perform?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]What risks are associated with this procedure?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]Who will assist in the procedure? What are their qualifications and training?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]Are all surgical staff/assistants licensed?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]What is involved in the procedure? How is it performed?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]I’m currently on another medication – will this impact the procedure?[/li_item][/checklist][fusion_text]Will I need to take medication after the operation?[/fusion_text][checklist icon=”fa-angle-right” iconcolor=”#ffffff” circle=”yes” circlecolor=”#258390″ size=”small” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=””]Do you have before and after photos of previous patients who’ve received the procedure?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]Can you provide references of previous patients?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]Can I get advance copies of all forms I have to complete and sign prior to procedure?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]How long will the procedure take?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]How long will the sedation effects last?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]Will anaesthetics be involved? If yes, what sort of sedation will the anaesthetist use?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]What are the emergency plans if something goes wrong?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]Are you insured for malpractice?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]What protections do I have if I’m unhappy with the result?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]How long will it take to recover in the facility before discharge?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]What concerns should I have following the procedure?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]What measures should I take to optimise my recovery?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]Will there be any noticeable scarring?[/li_item][li_item icon=””]What realistic result can I expect?[/li_item][/checklist][fusion_text]Remember that this list isn’t comprehensive – be sure to ask your surgeon anything you feel is important or specific to your circumstances. The more you know, the safer you’ll feel![/fusion_text]

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