Checklist: 40 Ways to Grill Your Surgeon

Being informed and well-prepared can assist you to get just what you’re looking for from your plastic surgeon. We encourage our patients to ask lots of questions and to get all the information they need prior to deciding to go ahead with cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery or a non-surgical procedure.

Checklist: 40 Ways to Grill Your Surgeon

Here are some questions you may want to add to your personal check-list:

  1. How long has  Precision Aesthetics been operating and what treatments are available?
  2. What are your doctor’s credentials and is he/she a specialist plastic surgeon?
  3. How long has your plastic surgeon been practicing?
  4. What anaesthesiasare used and who performs this process; is the person performing the anaesthetic a specialist anaesthetist?
  5. What are the risks of anaesthesia?
  6. How many of these procedures can you perform?
  7. Have you ever been sued by a dissatisfied patient?
  8. Has a patient of yours ever died from a procedure?
  9. What hospital will the procedure be done at?
  10. How many times do I see the surgeon prior to the operation?
  11. Can I see photos of the procedure and the results?
  12. What facilities does the hospital have – ICUs , theatres, MRI, CAT scanner and Nuclear medicine?
  13. Can you explain the full procedure as well as any alternative procedures available to me?
  14. Are the procedures / implants used approved, safe and tested?
  15. What happens if there is an emergency during my procedure and something goes wrong?
  16. What other procedures are advisable in order to get the results I want?
  17. What incisions and/or drains will be used?
  18. How long will the surgery take?
  19. Will I be awake during the procedure and will I feel anything?
  20. How long before I go home after the procedure?
  21. Can I drive home myself or do I need a friend or family member to do so for me?
  22. What medication will I need to take and what pain medication will I be given?
  23. What wound dressings and drains will be used and how do I look after them during my recovery period?
  24. Will I need nursing assistance after the procedure?
  25. What can I eat or drink before and after the procedure?
  26. How much pain can I expect to experience and how long will this last?
  27. How long will it take me to recover and when do I schedule post-operative appointments?
  28. What special items do I need to have for my recovery?
  29. What visible scarring can I expect after surgery and how can I reduce this?
  30. How long before I can return to my normal activities, like work, sex, driving and gym?
  31. How long before I see the results of the procedure?
  32. What about future pregnancy and/or breastfeeding?
  33. What can the long-term effects of the procedure on my body include?
  34. Can I continue taking my normal medication?
  35. What specific complications of my procedure could occur?
  36. Exactly what costs are involved and what extra costs can occur?
  37. When must payments be made?
  38. What discounts or claims are available?
  39. Am I suited to this kind of procedure or should I be considering something else?
  40. Do I need to come for annual check-ups?

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