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The Importance of Pre-Operative Consultations

The Importance of Pre-Operative Consultations

The importance of pre-operative consultations in plastic surgery cannot be overstated. In this blog, we’ll explore the significance of pre-operative consultations, what patients can expect during both appointments, and more…

Why pre-operative consultations are important?

When considering plastic surgery patients often conduct independent research. This commonly entails seeking before-and-after images online to visualize potential outcomes or reviewing testimonials from individuals who have undergone similar procedures.

While online resources serve as a useful starting point, they cannot replace the insight that can be gained from direct dialogue with a qualified professional. As digital resources may contain misinformation or exaggerated claims it is imperative for patients to verify online information with a qualified plastic surgeon. This is further extenuated when considering the global reach of the internet. It is likely when conducting research patients find information from other countries with differing standards, guidelines, and practices.

Consultations with a qualified and accredited plastic surgeon provide an invaluable opportunity for patients to ask questions, address concerns, and gain clarity on various aspects of the surgery. During these consultations, surgeons can offer personalized guidance tailored to the individual’s unique circumstances. They provide nuanced insights into the procedure’s intricacies, potential risks, and realistic expectations, which may not always be fully captured in digital resources.

First consultation: What to expect

Due to APHRA Regulations for Cosmetic Surgery that were introduced last year consultations regardless of clinic must adhere to these rules
• A patient seeking cosmetic surgery must have at least two pre-operative consultations.
• The patient’s first consultation must be with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery or another registered practitioner who will perform the surgery (not a patient advisor or agent).
• At least one of the two consultations must be in person with a medical practitioner who will performs the surgery.
• Other consultations can be in person or by video.

When attending the initial consultation it can be important to ensure the practice is adhering to these guidelines as they apply to all cosmetic plastic surgeons across Australia. If these standards aren’t being adhered to it could be cause for concern. Apart from these regulations how practices conduct their consultations can differ which is why we will be delving into what a consultation with Dr Scamp generally looks like.

Dr Scamp’s clinic is located in the Marina Mirage shopping centre overlooking the waterfront. Patients can enter through Esteem Clinic where they will be directed to Dr Scamp’s waiting room. During the consultation Dr Scamp will discuss some of the following;
• Details about the procedure
• Options available to the patient
• Associated Risks and complications
• Any concerns expressed by the patient
• Realistic outcomes
Depending on the procedure and the unique needs of each individual, the consultation will vary however these are some generic guidelines on what to expect.

Meeting Dr Scamp and His Team

After the initial consultation with Dr Scamp our surgical coordinator will guide the patient through the administrative side. Some generic topics that may be touched upon during this discussion is as follows.
• The Hospital where Dr Scamp will perform the procedure
• Information about the anaesthetist.
• Information about Dr Scamp and his surgical experience.
• A quote for the procedure and associated fees.
At the initial consultation patients will not be able to sign consent forms due to the APHRA regulations. This can only be done at the second consultation.

Second consultation: Finalising preparations

The time between consultations allows for patients to move through the steps of information processing. As each individual will process information differently, Dr Scamp’s practice does not require the second consultation to occur within a specific time frame. In some instances the separation of consultations for an allotted period of time may be necessary. This time also allows for patients to formulate any additional questions or concerns that may arise.

The second consultation serves as a space for confirmation of details previously discussed and as a time to address any outlying questions. Following the second consultation patients can sign their consent forms. However, with procedures performed for cosmetic reasons there is a period of at least seven days after the patient has had two consultations and given informed consent before the surgery can be booked or a deposit paid. It is important to note that while a date can be discussed during the second consultation it cannot be book due to APHRA regulations.

Consultations are a crucial step in ensuring that patients are provided with the necessary information to make informed decisions which is why they are subject to strict guidelines. Dr Scamp’s clinics endeavours to uphold these standards and provide patients with relevant information regarding all procedures. For any questions regarding this topic please do not hesitate to contact us, as the best decisions are informed ones.