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Q: Do I need to be referred by my G.P.?

A: Your General Practitioner (G.P.) or another contact in the medical profession may be able to recommend a reputable plastic surgeon. A GP referral is not always necessary. You have a choice as to whether you would like your GP informed after the consultation as this is your right to patient confidentiality. It is always advisable to keep your GP informed if you decide to undergo surgery.

Q: Do I have to have a consultation before any surgery?

A: Yes. There is also nothing better than a personal meeting to familiarise yourself with your surgeon. It is mainly for your benefit. In the first instance, the choice of treatment you have in mind before the consultation may not necessarily be the right option. It is important to be informed and advised on all your options and the risks involved.

Q: Will my surgery be painful?

A: There will always be some discomfort after surgery and the intensity varies as to the type of surgery and from patient to patient. A regular intake of the appropriate analgesia on your doctor’s advice will be beneficial.

Q: Can I get an idea of how I will look after my surgery?

A: It is very important to discuss your expectations fully and frankly with your surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to give you a realistic picture during consultation.

Q: How much will it cost?

A: Your surgeon should be clear about fees and your quotation should include the operating and theatre fee, an anaesthetist fee, and other relevant costs such as fees for implants and garments. Following your consultation a full estimate of all costs will be sent to and will include information regarding the proposed treatment or operation.

Q: What happens if something goes wrong?

A: The more experienced the surgeon, the safer you are in his or her hands. You need to feel confident the surgeon will do their utmost to prevent any complications. They will be competent to handle any unexpected occurrences that may come up during and after surgery. As with any surgery, there are risks with possible complications, including bleeding, infection, and reaction to the anaesthesia. However, wound healing varies from patient to patient. Reduce the risks by following your physician's advice closely both before and after surgery. You will be given post operative instructions before leaving the hospital.

Q: Will I have to stay in hospital overnight?

A: This depends on the type of surgery. Bruising, swelling, and soreness is likely for the first few days following an operation, but this will rapidly subside. You may wish to arrange help at home for a few days following surgery to help with your recovery.

Q: Will I need a lot of time off work?

A: This will depend on the surgery of your choice. Following most surgical procedures you should be up and about in a day or two. Your surgeon will advise you on how much time you will be required to take off work before undergoing surgery.

Q: Can I pay in instalments?

A: This will depend upon the hospital of your choice. Unfortunately, this option does not apply for cosmetic surgical fees. Some surgical procedures will be covered by health insurance. Norma Timoney practices within the limits of the major insurance companies. It is your responsibility to arrange authorization and to ensure that your policy will cover the cost of the proposed procedure.

Q: Will there be any check-ups after my surgery?

A: Yes. The cost of follow-up appointments are included in the surgical package and will be arranged before discharge from hospital. If you are staying in hospital a few days, you will be seen on a daily basis. We provide a comprehensive 24 hour aftercare service. You are welcome to contact us as often as you wish and you will be provided with details post operative instructions to take home which will include our office and hospital contact numbers. You will be given our contact numbers at the office and hospital for any queries or concerns. You are welcome to any number of follow up appointments after surgery.