Getting Ready for Surgery
Questions to ask During Your Consultations to Limit the Chance of Unwanted Surprises
- Are the results that I want from this surgery realistic?
- How long is the procedure?
- What kind of anesthetic is needed?
- How long have you been doing these procedures?
- How many have you done in the past year?
- Will you repeat or correct the procedure if the goals we have agreed on aren’t met? Will I be charged again if this happens?
- What should I expect after the surgery? How sore will I be? Can I bathe and exercise? Are their any signs of complications I should be looking for?
- How much does the procedure cost?
Things to Remember
- Inform Dr. Lockwood of your complete medical history: any allergies you have and any medications or supplements you may be taking (this includes prescription and non-prescription drugs).
- Surgery may be dangerous if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions. Make sure you tell Dr. Lockwood if you suffer form any serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease or circulatory problems, such as high blood pressure.
- Follow Dr. Lockwood’s instructions carefully. These will usually include everything you need to do post-surgery concerning diet, bathing, exercise, consumption of alcohol, smoking and any medication-related restrictions.
- Have post-operative care arranged for you before you go in, especially for the first 24 hours following surgery. Make sure there is someone to pick you up and drive you home.
Cosmetic surgery can provide a tremendous boost to your self-confidence and appearance. Surgeons have techniques and procedures to give you the results you want if you are unhappy with a body part or if you want to look younger.
It does not guarantee you a greater level of happiness, but it can enhance the way you look and create a greater sense of well-being. If you are realistic about the experience, your expectations and possible outcomes, it is more likely that you will be satisfied.
Choosing a Surgeon
This step is a very important one. Finding a qualified and trusted surgeon should be first on your list of priorities. Always check a surgeon’s certification, his or her areas of specialization and the training they have.
Choosing a Clinic
It is important that the clinic you choose is registered with the local health authority. Check to see that there is enough trained staff – as well as enough equipment – to handle any emergency.
You can book your consultation by phoning our clinic (204) 885-1419 or (866) 379-7919 (toll free). During your consultation, go over any and all questions about your options, and ask what surgery or procedure would be best for you. Make sure you are comfortable with the information you have received and that all your questions have been answered.
The consultation fee to see Dr. Lockwood is $100 plus GST, but Dr. Lockwood will talk you through the procedure and examine you for suitability as well as quote you a price and discuss post-operative care so this money is well spent. Once you are satisfied that you want to go ahead with the procedure, further details, such as possible surgery dates are worked out.
Communication is vital between you and your surgeon. Make sure you are clear on the procedure and all possible outcomes.
Know the Risks
Never agree to a surgery unless you know all the possible risks. Dr. Lockwood should explain them thoroughly and if you don’t understand, ask him to go over them again. It’s also worth doing research on your own.
Finding an experienced, well-qualified surgeon will help minimize these risks, but it is important to remember that complications can occur even with a skilled surgeon. Carefully weigh your desire for surgery with the potential for risk.
Cost varies on the type of surgery. Don’t forget, some surgeries need to be repeated more than once until the desired result is achieved. Make sure you know exactly what you are paying for. Carefully go over all the costs and find out if there are any extras to pay for, such as anesthetic and follow-up visits. Make sure you know how and when you are expected to pay. We do deal with two different credit companies (Credit Medical and Medicard) who do loans for cosmetic surgeries.
Quality Over Cost
The saying: “you get what you pay for” makes sense. When it comes to having surgery, don’t base your decision on price. Choose your surgeon because of his/her capabilities, qualifications and experience, not what the procedure will cost.
Take Your Time
Take time to think about your decision after your first consultation. Contemplating whether or not to have surgery is a big decision. Talk about it with friends and family, list benefits and risks, and make sure you are 100% certain.
You will most likely need local or general anesthetic when you have your surgery. You may also be sedated or have a combination of both, depending on the procedure and your own requirements. It is important to remember that people can have a negative reaction to anesthetics.
Local anesthetic is commonly used when it is not necessary or desirable for you to be totally unconscious. Prior to surgery, he specific area of the body is numbed with and injection into the skin. A local is often combined with sedation that makes you feel drowsy and comfortably relaxed. Since sedation is mild, you will be able to respond to commands and answer questions.
With a general anesthetic, you are put to sleep and remember nothing about the operation. Before surgery, your anesthesiologist will visit and discuss any concerns or anxieties you might have about the procedure. A sedative may be given orally to relax you, particularly if you are nervous. Next, a thin intravenous catheter will be inserted into your arm to deliver the anesthetic. This will also be used for any additional medication you may require during surgery.
More Risks to Consider
Smoking is known to interfere with the healing process; most doctors won’t operate unless you give it up for at least two weeks prior to surgery and for several weeks afterwards. It is also very important to stay away from any blood thinners for a minimum if 10 days prior to your surgery.
Make sure that there is someone to take you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours, especially if you’ve had a general anesthetic. Also make sure you have a contact number for Dr. Lockwood in case of any emergencies or problems.
Recovery time depends on the procedure performed. After surgery, Dr. Lockwood will inform you of any activities that may be restricted such as sports, exercise or heavy lifting. You will probably see some redness and swelling after surgery; this is often noticeable for a few weeks. It’s a good idea to find a comfortable location where you can relax and heal during this period.
Drugs Associated with Bruising and Bleeding
STOP taking 10 days prior to your surgery * Including Generics *
Medical Blood Thinners
St. John’s Wort
All of the following Herbals, Vitamin Supplements & Multivitamins and Foods (These are Blood Thinners Too)
Cod-liver Oil/Fish Oil Capsules
Garlic, Garlic Pills
Omega -3,-6 fatty acids
Evening Primrose Oil
Sunflower, Pumpkin or Flax Seeds/Oils
For Selphyl Injections AVOID Antihistamines and STAY HYDRATED!
No alcohol consumption the night before
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