Choosing the right surgeon for you
What qualifications does the surgeon have?
- A surgeon will have the initials FRCS, FRACS or FACCS after their name.
What questions should I ask during the consultation?
- How many years experience does he/she have?
- What are their actual surgical qualifications?
- Where did they train?
- What year did they graduate?
- Are they fellows of any surgical college?
- Is your surgeon a member of the Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery?
- How many of these procedures have they done?
- Does he/she attend conferences to update knowledge on a regular basis?
- Ask to look at a number of results of previous patients surgeries so that you are happy with consistent results.
Questions to ask about the facility that he/she operates at.
- Is it a registered day surgery unit or hospital?
- Is the unit accredited?
If the unit is accredited and you have private health insurance, you may be able to claim a component of the fee.
What questions should you ask about the staff?
- Will there be an anaesthetist present to look after my sedation?
- Does this procedure require a surgical assistant?
There should be a minimum of 2 nurses in the operating room and one in recovery.
Has the clinic/surgeon given me ample time to think about this procedure?
Other things to consider:
- It is not normal practice to undergo a consultation and surgical procedure on the same day. Allow yourself plenty of time to consider all aspects of the surgery and your surgeon before making a decision regarding elective surgery.
Make sure you are comfortable with the bedside manner of your chosen surgeon.
Write down any questions that you have before your consultation, and take notes during the consultation that you can refer to when making your decision.
Your initial consultation should be around 30 minutes.
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