What my patients need to know
IF YOU ARE WELL MOTIVATED, HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS AND SELECT A QUALIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON SUCH AS DR SCAMP, CHANCES ARE YOU WILL BE HAPPY WITH YOUR DECISION TO HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY. HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GOING AHEAD:
Fees for Plastic Surgery generally are paid six weeks prior to your surgery. Cost varies and depends on factors including the complexity of the operation, where the surgery is performed and what type of anaesthetic is administered.
PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE
Some Plastic Surgery is covered by insurance; however, this may depend on your Health Fund and the type of coverage you have. In cases where patients are in need of plastic surgery for a medical reason not simply aesthetic, Medicare may rebate a small amount and your Health Fund may also cover some of your hospital costs. this will be at the discretion of your Doctor and your healthfund. If you have a referal for surgery, please bring it to your consultation.
Dr Scamp operates at Pacific Private Hospital and Gold Coast Private Hospital.
Dr Scamp’s team will organise your anaesthetist and hospital team and you will be informed of all anaesthetics prior to your surgery.
- Wound infection (treatment with antibiotics may be needed)
- Pain and discomfort around the incisions
- Haematoma (an accumulation of blood around the surgical site that may require drainage)
- If blood loss during surgery has been large, a transfusion may be needed: this is uncommon
- A blood clot in a leg or the chest (deep vein thrombosis) that will require further treatment; rarely, a clot can move to the lungs and become life threatening. Gentle exercise and stopping smoking reduce the risk of blood clots.
- Nausea (typically from the anaesthetic, usually settles down quickly)
- Heavy bleeding from the incision
- Keloid or thickened scars (most scars fade or flatten, but some may become “keloid” and remain raised, itchy, thick and red. A keloid can be annoying but it is not a threat to health. Additional surgery or injection treatment may be needed to try to improve the scar)
- Slow healing (more likely to occur in smokers)
- Separation of wound edges
- Chest infection (more likely to occur in smokers)
- Complications due to the anaesthesia and allergies to anaesthetic agents, antiseptic solutions, suture material or dressings. Anaesthetic risks are best discussed with your anaesthetist before your surgical procedure.
BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY
Dr Scamp will give you all the information you need to prepare for surgery and recovery. You will be asked to stop smoking for six weeks prior to surgery. Certain medications, food, bevearges and supplements are to be avoided prior to surgery, such as aspirin, red wine and vitamin E. Following your procedure, there may be restrictions to your activities for several days to several weeks. Plan your business and social activities to allow sufficient time for recovery. All patients are provided with Dr Scamp’s after-hours phone number contact at any time in case of emergency.
- To perform any cosmetic surgical procedure an anaesthetic will be necessary. This may be general anaesthetic or local anaesthesia and sedation if appropriate.
- There can be no absolute guarantee with any surgery. The real aim of surgery is improvement and client satisfaction. It is important that patients realise the limitations of what is possible with cosmetic surgery. Further operations may occasionally be needed after surgery to correct complications that have occurred.
- It is important that you read all of the risks and complications outlined in Dr Scamp’s guide to Plastic Surgery and discuss these with Dr Scamp. This guide will be given to clients at their initial consult.
- NO SURGERY IS GUARANTEED. Cosmetic surgery is unique in that you, the patient, request the surgery. Misunderstandings may result if you do not explain precisely what you desire. You should always be quite specific as to exactly what you want your surgeon to perform. It is important that you realise the limitations of what is possible with cosmetic surgery. It is also important that you realise that there may not be a successful result after the surgery is performed.
Every wound in the body heals with a scar formation. It is not always possible to predict the outcome and the quality of the scar. The quality of the scar will depend on the patient’s age, healing ability and the site on which the scar is located. However, some scars may take many years to mature. Occasionally further surgery may be required to improve the appearance of scars.
Different patients and different operations will produce differing amounts of pain. Occasionally pain and sensory change may persist for a considerable time. The techniques used are designed to minimise pain.
Dr Scamp will discuss with you prior to your operation the amount of pain expected and medication, which will be given. Increase in post-operative pain may be a sign of impending complications and the surgeon must be notified immediately.
RESTRICTION OF ACTIVITY
Wound healing is aided by some restriction in activities. This will minimize discomfort and reduce the risk of complications.
Complications can arise as a result of the anaesthetic or indeed the surgery itself. All of these complications are discussed previously.
YOUR ROLE BEFORE SURGERY
There are some things you can do to make your surgery safer:
- Get fit – regular walks will do wonders
- DO NOT SMOKE – ideally for at least six weeks prior to surgery. Patients are at a higher risk if they are smokers. Smoking can also cause wound breakdown
- Drink less alcohol
- Tell your Surgeon and Anaesthetist of any drugs you may be taking
- Do not take any aspirin or aspirin based drugs two weeks prior to surgery
- Tell your surgeon if you have any cold or flu
Ask your Anaesthetist if you have any more questions or you are anxious about anaesthetics.
YOUR ROLE AFTER SURGERY
If you are having day surgery, make sure someone accompanies you home and stays with you for the first night. Do not drive or use dangerous equipment or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours.
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING SIX HOURS PRIOR TO SURGERY
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Southport Anaesthetist Group on 07 5539 1000. The staff will be able to assist you further.