Here is your chance to have a look at some of the many questions our surgeons have been asked recently. Although this does not replace a consultation with your own surgeon, it may help to answer a few of your concerns.
If your question hasn’t been answered here simply use the button below to send it to us and we will endeavour to include it in the near future. Alternatively you can contact us so that we can discuss your queries with you directly.
What should I do if I have a problem outside of normal office hours?
As you leave hospital you will be given an emergency contact number which you should ring in the event of a concern out of office hours. During business hours you should contact your surgeon’s secretary who will arrange for your surgeon to contact you.
Your surgeon and nursing staff will ensure any pain is kept to a minimum with painkillers, it is important that you take the medication that has been prescribed to keep you comfortable. It is likely that your surgeon will also prescribe a course of antibiotics for you to take.
How soon after my operation will I be allowed to get up?
This will depend on which procedure you are undergoing and which anaesthetic. Your surgeon will be able to inform you of what to expect following your specific operation and your nurse will be with you if you need to get out of bed.
What should I do if I develop a skin infection before my surgery?
In the case of an infection before your surgery you should inform your surgeon especially if it is affecting the area due to be operated on. It may be necessary to postpone your procedure and take a course of antibiotics to control the infection.
Should I continue to take my prescribed medications in the days before my surgery?
During your initial consultation your surgeon will ask you about any current medication, any previous procedures, illnesses etc. He/ She will inform you whether you should continue taking your medication in the days leading up to your surgery. Usually it is important to continue taking your medication as normal, however, there are a few exceptions, be sure to discuss this with your surgeon at your appointment.
What if I still have questions after my consultation?
That is not a problem! During your initial consultation you will have gained a lot of information and advice about your procedure that is specific to you. There’s no doubt you will come up with another list of questions as you process all this new information. Your surgeon will write to you shortly after your appointment to recap over your discussion, highlighting the main points. When you are ready you can meet your surgeon for a second appointment to ensure all of your questions have been answered and that you are well informed.
Is there anything I should take to my consultation?
In our experience, patients find it useful to bring a list of questions to the initial appointment to make sure you don’t forget them as soon as you step through the door! Why not bring along a close friend or family member who can be a second pair of ears, you will then have someone else to confide in and ask their opinion on the surgeon, proposed surgery and hospital.
Does an FRCS(Plas) Surgeon have specialist training to perform a Rhinoplasty over an ENT Surgeon?
Venkat Ramakrishnan answers: With regards to ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) training and Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), I am of the opinion that there are both excellent Plastic Surgeons and ENT Rhinoplasty Surgeons around. This entirely depends on the individual, who has chosen to develop Rhinoplasty as an area of their super specialisation.
What does "super specialisation" mean?
Venkat Ramakrishnan comments: Today the advances in surgery are staggering. 100 years ago there were great surgeons who performed neuro surgery, bowel surgery and hand surgery – all procedures performed by one person.
In those days, there were not many surgery textbooks, maybe one or two books with chapters on specialties (particular areas of surgery).
Today for example, in Plastic Surgery, there are hundreds of textbooks dedicated solely to breast reconstructive surgery. This shows a huge increase in techniques in each particular area of surgery. There is no way one person could be proficient in all these areas and keep him/herself updated, hence the need for “super specialisation.” This allows a surgeon to become more experienced in a particular area for better outcomes for the patient.
Any surgeon would choose a “super specialist” for his family – this family test proves the point.
Liberate is a group of leading cosmetic surgeons throughout the country. Each surgeon is highly trained and qualified, so you can expect to see great results, very quickly. Contact us to find out more.