What happens before the procedure?
Smoking and illicit drug use must be strictly avoided before the procedure. We take smoking very seriously as a high risk for any procedure, so you must be aware of the cancellation policy if you smoke.
Smoking increases the risk of some serious complications during and after surgery. Ideally, you should stop smoking at least 8 weeks prior to a procedure, cutting down does not reduce the risk of complications, however, the greatest health benefit is gained by quitting smoking for good. More information about the possible complications, as well as information about how to quit, is available here.
You should be fit and healthy and avoid blood thinning medication. At least two consultations are needed before most procedures. A full history and examination will be conducted. You’ll be started on antibiotics and extensive instructions will be given.
You may be required to go for an ultrasound prior to the procedure to assess the integrity of the impact shell of the implant.
What happens on the day of the procedure?
The medical team will perform an extensive check-up before the procedure.
You’ll be seen by the nurse, the doctor and the anaesthetist before the procedure commences. You’ll change into a surgical gown and will be escorted to a fully-licensed and credentialed theatre.
You’ll then be hooked up to monitoring equipment and the anaesthetist will administer sedation to a level that you’ll feel no discomfort or recall any events.
The area will be made numb by tumescent local anaesthesia. Many patients report this to be especially beneficial, as they awaken completely numb. The procedure will take between one and three hours, plus two hours for recovery.
Note: A responsible carer must drop off, pick up and take care of you for the first night.