Having surgery or organizing it for a child can be very daunting.
Surgery is an every-day occurrence for me and my team but it is important you feel able to discuss any concerns with me during consultations or on the phone prior to the surgery.
My staff and I will always try our best to inform you about what to expect and allay any fears you might have.
I only operate in health care facilities that are at the forefront of modern surgical care, with the latest and best equipment and with the most experienced staff. Other hospitals may be closer to where you live but I'm sure you would prefer the best and safest care over the closest care.
Patients requiring overnight care are usually operated on at St. Vincent's Private (East Melbourne campus). The majority of ear and nose surgery can be done as a day procedure, allowing surgery to take place in a sophisticated day care centre like Victoria Parade Surgical Centre. Patients admitted in the afternoon to St.Vincent's hospital (East Melbourne) will usually be offered an overnight stay if their procedure warrants it.
Overnight surgery for children is done at St. Vincent's Private (East Melbourne campus) - an excellent facility with a dedicated paediatric ward.
Depending on the type of surgery it may be necessary to stop certain medications like blood thinners (e.g Plavix, Aspirin or Warfarin) or herbal medications. Please discuss all your medications with me and the anaesthetist as soon as surgery is booked.
Sometimes we ask you to start medications (e.g antibiotics) prior to surgery. Please fill all scripts given to you prior to surgery and follow the instructions carefully. Failure to take medications properly prior to surgery may affect the outcome of the procedure or it may need to be postponed.
Scans and Hearing Tests
It is very important if you are having any sinus surgery, major ear surgery (e.g mastoidectomy) or neck surgery that you bring your latest scans on the day of surgery. They are often used as a reference during the operation and some operations may even be cancelled if they are not available.
Hearing tests are usually required before ear surgery. Some surgery may be deferred or cancelled if hearing tests have not been done prior to the operation. If you are not sure if a hearing test needs to be done please contact my secretary on 9895 0400 well in advance of any ear operation.
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Smoking and Surgery
It is well known that smoking prior to surgery can seriously impact the safety and success of surgery. The risk of heavy bleeding during or after surgery is increased in smokers, as are postoperative infections and respiratory problems. Fortunately, cutting down or stopping a few weeks before planned surgery can greatly improve one's overall outcome and reduce these risks. Many people find the surgical process an excellent opportunity to stop smoking once and for all. For help cutting down or quitting, please consult your GP well in advance of any surgery.