With low cost surgery providers on the increase, it is important to find out what you’re missing out on – after all, there’s no such thing as an unpaid lunch!
- Do you work along side a dedicated anaesthetist?
This is mandatory and may lead to complications such as cardiac arrest, as recently seen earlier this year in a Sydney surgery. It has recently been uncovered that some surgeries are performed under general anaesthetic, without an Anaesthetist present at all times. This is not only unlawful, but dangerous. Complications can occur quickly under sedation, and it is imperative that an Anaesthetist is present at all times to monitor your vital signs and ensure your safety!
- What follow up care is provided?
ALWAYS ensure that you will have aftercare appointments to see your doctor regularly after your surgery for at least 6 weeks. This is to ensure that the wound is healing properly, and there are no complications post-op.
Also check if follow up care is included in the overall price of the surgery. You may find that the surgery fee is cheap, but that you will be charged for follow up appointments to check on your progress, or if there are any complications.
- What happens if something goes wrong?
Does your doctor offer after hours emergency care? Do they offer a contingency plan if something is not quite right, or will they just send you off to your GP or emergency department if you need follow up care? These are very important questions to ask, as you don’t want to be abandoned by your doctor if something goes wrong!
- How long have they been a doctor?
And how much experience have they got? Ensure your doctor is not just starting out, and using you as a test case dummy or just dabbling in cosmetic medicine part time.
- Where did your Doctor get their medical training?
Always check the institution they trained at is recognised and reputable. There are many clinics now offering their own ‘in-house’ training. This is not enough to ensure your safety or the quality of their work. Make sure they are fully trained at a medical school within Australia.
- How many procedures have they performed?
Again, it is important that your doctor has years of experience and knowledge behind them. Are they experienced in performing complicated surgery? Often difficult surgeries don’t appear that way at the outset, it’s not until patients are ‘on the table’ that doctors can uncover complications. Will your doctor know what to do if this happens to you?
- Where do they perform the surgery?
Do they work out of a registered day clinic, or rent theatre space in a hospital? This is very important as it leads to the next question..
- Is the theatre approved by the health department?
ALWAYS ensure that the theatre space is registered and approved by the Health Department to ensure health and safety standards are met.
- What implants do they use?
Find out the name and type of implants that you are having inserted. It is very important that they are of a high quality.
- Are your implants TGA approved?
The Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) must approve all breast implants available on the Australian market. If they are not, chances are the implants have been imported from overseas illegally, and do not meet our stringent requirements that ensure your safety.