The consultation is an important part of your treatment. It is important that you meet with your surgeon and that you feel you can trust him, before deciding to proceed with surgery.
A detailed medical history including your concerns, expectations and aims for surgery, as well as your allergies, previous health problems, and medications is taken. A careful clinical examination and evaluation is then carried out. Please 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 counseled with regard to the best approach and procedure for your requirements. A computerized 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 purposes. It is sometimes useful to have a companion who understands your requirements with you, as they may help you remember your questions and discussion. Young children can however be a distraction and may interrupt the discussion!
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 we decide 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.