There is no doubt that the first consultation is a fact finding mission, but it is also the very first impression that you will have of the surgical practice and that your surgeon will have of you. It is a time where trust can be built or broken and sets the stage for the follow-up consultations, the surgery itself and aftercare.
Choosing a surgeon is a very important part of the success of a procedure. Being in tune with your surgeon and vice-versa can make the surgical process much less daunting and far more successful – two qualities than any patient would want to experience.
To prepare for your first consultation, follow the handy guide below:
- Spend some time on medically related websites including your surgeon’s website. These sites are important in that they can answer some of your questions, but also bring up questions that you should ask your surgeon.
- Come to your consultation with medical records in hand. If you haven’t requested that your records be sent by your primary care physician do so now. Or if you have access to copies of your records, you should bring them with you.
- Download new patient forms from our website and fill them out thoroughly, then ring them with you. This will save you time in the waiting room and you’ll be able to take your time completing them.
- Make sure you have a complete list of medications that you are currently taking.
- Come prepared with plenty of questions. You may think that asking so many questions may be a nuisance but there are no stupid questions. Trust us, your surgeon will be happy that you are engaged in your procedure.
Take full advantage of your first consultation. It is truly an opportunity to learn lots about the practice and your surgeon. It can also offer real insight into the procedure you’re about to have. Remember knowledge is power and there are few times you can gain as much knowledge as with your first one-on-one session with your surgeon.