28 Nov 2019 | CAPS Clinic
Your Surgery – Questions that you never knew you had! Part 3
You’ve read Part 1 and Part 2 but now let’s go back to the start and provide some answers to questions you never knew you had about pre-surgery!
Your research should be considered
It’s the age of information, where there is more information than you can handle coming from a variety of platforms and not all of it is reliable. Researching the surgical options to address your concern can result in overload and confusion so it’s imperative to find some reliable and quality resources, like the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Before you start, find a way to collate your information so it doesn’t get out of hand (spreadsheets anyone!)
Some big questions to tick off your list when researching your surgeon:
- Are they a ‘Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)’? This means your surgeon has undertaken significantly more training in all facets of surgery than a General Practitioner or Cosmetic Surgeon. Read more about Dr Taylor’s qualifications here.
- Are they a member of the ‘Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons‘? Members of this society have not only qualified as surgeons but also specialise in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. All members have spent at least eight years training in surgical procedures and four of those specifically in plastic surgery.
- Is the facility where the operation will be performed accredited and meets the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards? Our private hospital, Sole’Vita Surgery, meets the eight NSQHS Standards which provide a nationally consistent statement about the level of care consumers can expect from health services.
You may not find testimonials about your surgeon on their website
Healthcare professionals, like plastic surgeons and aesthetic injectors, who are registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) cannot ask for or use testimonials and reviews for the services they have provided to you. Whilst you can find patient reviews on independent platforms, but you should not find them used on websites, social media posts or pages that are within the control of that healthcare professional. If you are a patient who has written a positive email or passed along your gratitude to your surgeon and their team, don’t be dismayed if that isn’t used as a glowing recommendation – we are just not allowed to.
You should dig a little deeper during your consultation
Your consultation should involve open and honest discussions about the surgical options for your area of concern. Dig a little deeper to ensure you get enough information to base your decision to book with that surgeon and for the surgery they are recommending.
- Find out if the plastic surgeon is based in your area, and therefore able to offer ongoing support and address concerns more readily. Being a Canberra based plastic surgeon for over 20 years shows that Dr Taylor is dedicated to serving this community… that’s you!
- Find out what they do that other surgeons don’t – what makes the way they perform the surgery better for you, is it using liposuction when doing a breast reduction? Do they repair muscle separation when performing an abdominoplasty?
- Find out if there will be dedicated nursing staff looking after you during and after your procedure. Dr Taylor performs most of his surgery in our very own fully equipped private hospital, Sole’vita Surgery, which is located downstairs at the CAPS Clinic (some surgeries are performed at National Capital private hospital). Our staff are a select group of qualified and experienced nurses who will be with you every step of the way through your pre-surgery, surgery and recovery.
You should prep for your consultation
Be prepared before you go to your consultation so that you when you walk out of there you feel confident to make your decision.
- Write your questions out in advance and bring a notepad and pen to write down the answers. How often do you think ‘I forgot to ask…’ or ‘What did he say about that…?’ after an important appointment.
- Don’t be afraid to ask these questions… the consultation is your time to ask your questions to address your concerns. Try to put any embarrassment or fear aside and ask Dr Taylor whilst you have the chance.
- Follow up! If you have forgotten to ask something (or were too embarrassed) or forgotten what the answer was, send a follow up email or call. You will also be seen by our Patient Coordinators after you see Dr Taylor, so you can always ask them anything and get more information about the journey you will begin.
- Bring support. Think about a partner, friend, loved one or family member who can help you get an impartial perspective. Someone who will be your support but also can help get the information that you need and be there to help you make decisions. Talk to them about your concerns and what you want to get out of the consultation beforehand.
- Depending on the area of concern and the surgery you are considering, you may have to undress and also have photos taken, so wear your best undies and your smile. Know that whilst it may be awkward, Dr Taylor is an understanding professional.