Consultation is an important part of your treatment. The first meeting with your surgeon is very important and you will be able to evaluate whether the surgeon is the person whom you can trust before deciding to proceed with the surgery.
What can you expect during the consultation
- A detailed medical history including your concerns, expectations and aim for the surgery, as well as your allergies, previous health problems, and medications you are taking.
- A careful clinical examination and evaluation is then carried out by the surgeon. You should feel free to raise any concerns you may have at this stage.
- Clinical photographs are obtained with your consent, as a record of your pre-operative status and as a basis for discussion. You will also be counselled with regard to the best approach and procedure for your requirements.
- A planning session may or may not be required at this point, with possible review of photographs of recent similar procedures.
At the end of your consultation, you should have a realistic appraisal and a clear idea of which procedure would be best suited for your purpose.
It is useful to allow a patient manager who understands your requirements to accompany you, as she may help you remember your questions and discussion.
You should be aware that a consultation does not mean that you will proceed automatically to surgery, or that you are committed to having the procedure you sought information about.
You will have a discussion about whether the proposed procedure will meet with your expectations, and whether this can be carried out with the maximum safety for you and minimal disruption to your life.
It may be that the surgeon decides that a particular treatment is unsafe or will not provide the best results for you, and decide not to proceed, or that alternative approaches may be more effective.
Whatever the outcome of the consultation, rest assured that your safety and well-being is our primary concern, and we will work with you to ensure a positive, efficient and beneficial outcome for your stated aims.