Pre-operative admission is a crucial step in preparing for plastic surgery. Below, are some steps that you need to consider before surgery to help you navigate the process;
Prior to your surgery, you will undergo a pre-operative assessment (Consultation) with your surgeon and the healthcare team. This assessment will include a review of your medical history, physical examination, and any necessary laboratory tests or imaging studies.
Your surgeon will provide you with specific pre-operative instructions to follow before your surgery. This may include guidelines on fasting (avoiding food and drink for a certain period), discontinuing certain medications or supplements, and showering with antibacterial soap prior to the surgery.
If your surgery requires anesthesia, you may need to meet with an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist. They will review your medical history, discuss anesthesia options, and address any concerns or questions you may have.
It is important to inform your surgeon about all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal supplements. Your surgeon will provide guidance on which medications should be continued or stopped before the surgery.
Preparing for the Procedure
Your surgeon will advise you to refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol for a specific period before the surgery.
It is also important to arrange for transportation to and from the hospital on the day of the procedure.
Before your surgery, you will be provided with information regarding the cost of the procedure, payment options, and any insurance coverage or reimbursement. It is essential to clarify any financial queries and ensure that you are well-informed about the financial aspects of the surgery.
Depending on your health status and the type of surgery, you may be required to undergo additional tests such as blood work, electrocardiogram (ECG), or imaging studies to ensure your suitability for the procedure.
Some plastic surgery procedures, particularly those that involve significant changes in appearance, may require pre-operative counseling or psychological evaluation. This is to ensure that you have realistic expectations and are mentally prepared for the surgical process and its potential outcomes.
It is important to follow all the pre-operative instructions provided by your surgeon and the healthcare team to ensure a smooth and safe surgical experience. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your surgeon’s office for clarification and guidance.
Pre-Operative Admission Information
Once you have confirmed a surgical date for your procedure with Dr Briggs, you will receive additional Pre-Operative information regarding the hospital you will be attending. You will also be required to complete a series of forms, which you will need to send to the hospital prior to surgery.
A member from Dr Briggs’s Team will contact you to discuss all of the important information you will need in preparation for your hospital admission. You will receive detailed information outlining;
- Date and Time of your hospital admission
- Specific instructions you must follow.
- This includes instructions about fasting and any medication you may be taking.
- The anticipated length of your stay.
- As well as, anticipated surgical costs.
At the time of admission, the hospital may also discuss your insurance status and personal details. Furthermore, a registered nurse may discuss with you any special needs, medical conditions and confirmation of pick-up and overnight arrangements.
Medication – Pre-Operative Information
Prior to surgery, Dr Briggs will discuss with you any important instructions regarding any medication you may be taking.
It is important that you are open with Dr Briggs and discuss any blood-thinning medications you may have a prescription for. This includes, but is not limited to; Aspirin, Cartia, Warfarin, Coumadin, Plavix, Asasantin, Iscover and Persantin and some anti-inflammatory drugs and any vitamins or naturopathic supplements.
If you have any history of allergies to any medications, anaesthetic agents, ointments, tapes or foods you should inform Dr Briggs prior to surgery.
For anaesthetic safety, you must not have anything to eat or drink at least 4-6 hours prior to your surgery. The admission information provided by the hospital will specify what time you are to start fasting.
It is very important that you follow these instructions carefully; if not it may be necessary to postpone your surgery.
What to Bring With You – Pre-Operative Information
- A list of all current medications
(or bring these with you in their original packaging if staying overnight)
- Relevant X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound &/or MRI scans
- Medicare Card, Pension details (including Veteran’s affairs details)
- Contact number for the person taking you home
- Work cover or TAC information
- Wear comfortable clothing
- A change of clothes/pyjamas/toiletries if you are staying in hospital
- Specialised garments you are required to wear post operatively
- Dr Briggs will discuss this if required.
Do not bring any valuable items such as jewellery with you to the hospital. Jewellery you are wearing may need to be removed or taped prior to surgery. Arrange for your support person to look after any valuables if necessary.
Hospital Admission Day
On admission day, you will be seen by your anesthetist and Dr Briggs prior to surgery. Dr Briggs will again outline the operation and mark all surgical sites. Should you have any last-minute questions ask Dr Briggs at this time. You will also be asked to confirm what procedures you are to undergo.
A relative or support person is welcome to accompany you on the day. They will be able to stay with you up until your transfer to the operating theatre.
After your surgical procedure, your surgeon will transfer you to the recovery area. You may still be under sedation at this stage. It is normal to remain in recovery for around 30-60 minutes until you are stable after waking from the anaesthetic.
It is normal to have some throat discomfort after a general anaesthetic. This will resolve in 24 hrs.
Dr Briggs may see you in recovery once you are awake if you are having a day procedure. If you are staying overnight in hospital Dr Briggs will see you within 24 hours of your surgery.
After your recovery from the anaesthetic, Dr Briggs will discharge you home if your surgery is a day procedure. Otherwise, you will be taken to the hospital ward for observation and monitoring.
Discharge and Review Appointment – Pre-Operative Information
Prior to discharge, Dr Briggs provides you with a post-operative information sheet detailing specific instructions and follow-up appointments. You will need to attend Dr Briggs’s rooms approximately 5-7 days after your surgery. Pathology results will be available at this appointment.
It is important to note that you must not drive, drink alcohol or operate heavy machinery during the first 24 hours after a general anaesthetic.
Please note that Dr Briggs is also available 24 hours on call. You can contact him via his rooms on (03) 8849 1400
Patient Information from Dr Patrick Briggs
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Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.
Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.
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