Is there anyone that I can speak to who has already undergone this operation?
I like my patients to be as well informed as possible for their surgical journey and give them every opportunity to do so. You will be able to have contact with at least 2 patient ambassadors prior to your operation. These are past patients who have had the same operation and are willing to answer any questions which you may have. Whether you want to know about preparation and recovery, or discuss how to manage telling family and friends about your surgery, this is a great opportunity to put your mind at ease. Information is power and being well informed will decrease stress and contribute to a successful recovery.
Will I be seen again after my operation?
The operation is only part of the journey. It is the ‘before and after’ which determines the outcome. Regular follow-ups help to chart your progress and also act as signposts to remind you of the things to avoid while your internal wound and external scar is healing. After your op I send you home with a personalised information sheet. Aftercare is an important part of your care package, and can influence the final outcome. It includes all the info you need to get back to your regular daily activities. Setting aside the necessary time to recover from this big operation is crucial.
What can I do to improve my scars?
I recommend using Micropore® surgical tape over your scars for a minimum of 3 months. Even longer if possible. The time to modify scar quality is during the first 6-12 months after your op. Looking after your scars from the outset is far easier than trying to improve a bad scar later on. Micropore® tape holds the skin edges together and decreases tension while the collagen in the wound consolidates and strengthens. It is an easy, cheap, convenient and waterproof way of looking after your scars.
What can I do to best prepare my body for surgery?
- No smoking
- Avoid processed food
- Healthy eating
- Normal blood pressure
- Multivitamins (for trace elements for healing)
Being fit and healthy will optimise your recovery and healing. Looking after yourself and your health is the most important factor to help you and your results age well.