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Guidelines for Consultation with Surgeon

Guidelines for Consultation with Surgeon

Postby Make_Me_Heal_Team » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:55 am

Thank you atlanta01, Keri58 and KSuzieW for putting together this information!

These are guidelines only for your consultation with your surgeon. Ask your surgeon or your surgeon’s nurse if they have printed instructions/ information for you to review prior to your surgery. Keep a list of questions you have and remember to write down the answers because it is easy to forget what was said.

If you have insurance coverage, you will need to determine the requirements of your specific carrier for breast reduction coverage. Each company has their own requirements and it’s a good idea to find out exactly what you need to provide for approval before you schedule your first consultation with a surgeon. You can contact a representative of your insurance carrier and check their website for specific information.

•Ask for information about the type of reduction your surgeon is going to perform ie the incision type and its implications in terms of healing. This should include the amount of time you will need to remain off work and any other restrictions your surgeon may have. You will also want to discuss the size you would like and have a frank discussion with your surgeon to determine if he/she concurs. Remember, your surgeon is the expert and should provide you with realistic information. If you have specific insurance coverage requirements, discuss these with your surgeon.

•Ensure you discuss with your surgeon any concerns regarding nausea and vomiting so that anti-nausea medications can be prescribed for you.

•Ask if you are going to be staying overnight in the hospital or if you are being discharged the day of the surgery. Inquire if you will have drains and if so, are they being removed before you are discharged or will you need to go to the surgeon’s office for removal. Find out when they will be removed and if you are required to call for an appointment or if it is scheduled for you. If you are returning home with drains, ask for instructions about drain care.

•Bring a list of pharmaceutical medications, over-the-counter products, and herbal or vitamin supplements that you're taking to the appointment. Medications you're already taking may interact with surgery or with medications that your doctor prescribes before and after your procedure. Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you are taking or plan to take throughout recovery.

•Prepare to review your medical history, providing the names and phone numbers of any doctors or other medical professionals that you are seeing.

•Advise the doctor about any complications that you or a family member have experienced with anesthesia/nausea in the past. If you have a history of deep vein thrombosis, make sure you advise your doctor.

•Discuss postoperative results, including complications that may arise. This may include bleeding, oozing, incision openings, bruising, and pain. You should also find out what you should do in case you experience complications.

•Request a list of preoperative and postoperative instructions, which can include:

a) the ceasing of certain medications
b) showering recommendations
c) a list of medications that need to be taken prior to the procedure
d) the requirement of no eating or drinking after midnight
e) a list of supplies that you will need after surgery, including bras. Find out if your surgeon provides the first postoperative bra or if you are required to purchase bras. Ask the doctor what size bra you should purchase postop and exactly how long you are supposed to wear it.

•Determine the type of support offered by the practice throughout recovery, including postop appointments.

•Request medical emergency contact phone numbers.

•If portions of the procedure are not covered by insurance, ask for the costs and if necessary, inquire about financing options.

•Take pictures that show what you want to look like and what you don't want to look like. Make sure you see your surgeon’s before and after pictures. You may also want to bring the pictures of your desired outcome with you the day of your surgery. Your surgeon is not going to remember from one patient to the next what you wanted so best to be prepared anyway you can to make sure your surgeon knows what your wishes are.
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Postby CathyAnn » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:18 pm

I wish I would have seen this before I met with 2 plastic surgeons! Great info, thanks.
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Postby LookinUp » Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:47 pm

Pictures are a great idea, but since everyone's 'raw materials' are different, you can't expect to look like someone else's photo, and no surgeon will commit to a result like the photo without a disclaimer.
Standard medical procedure is nothing to eat or drink by mouth after midnite the day before the surgery, although if your surgery is scheduled for late afternoon, sometimes they will allow you a light breakfast.
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Postby KattenyaJen » Sun Dec 28, 2008 5:17 pm

this is really helpful! after years of trying to be heard by my doctors, I finally found one who set me up for a consultation. (tuesday, dec 30)

I've been really wondering what sort of things I should be asking and what would be happening! It's great to have some suggestions of what to expect now!
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Re: Guidelines for Consultation with Surgeon

Postby greymatter » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:10 pm

Great info indeed
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