Seeking out a Surgeon for Surgery in Australia

Published November 21, 2014

Seeking out a Surgeon for Surgery in Australia

surgery in Australia – the search for a surgeon

Are you interested on undergoing surgery in Australia? If so then your first order of business is to find a surgeon who’ll actually perform and oversee the procedure. Just as it is with any other service provider though, choosing a reliable one can be quite the chore especially when you don’t know what to look out for.

Now first thing is first – you’ve got to narrow down your choices in surgeons to the ones who actually specialise in whatever procedure that you might be interested in. More importantly, you would want to opt for surgeons that are affiliated with a specialty board recognised by the Australian Board of Medical Specialties like the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Getting to know your surgeon

Let’s assume that you have done your homework and now have a short list of specialist surgeons that you want to consider for the operation. The next step is to arrange a consultation or multiple consultations for that matter at least until you find one that you are satisfied with. Good surgeons are expected to carefully assess the needs of their patients. Take the time to discuss the results that you want to get out of the operation and your medical history along with any medications that you are currently taking. Observe how your prospective surgeon reacts and behaves during the consultation – if your surgeon is hardly interested in what you have to say or dodges your questions for any reason then you might want to take your business somewhere else.

Here are a couple of things that you might want to ask your surgeon during the consultation:

Am I a good candidate for the operation and what results can I expect to get out of the procedure?

How long have you been doing a certain surgical procedure? Are there any alternatives that I can look into?

What are the risks of the operation and what can be done to help mitigate them?

How much time will I need to recover from the procedure?

What is the total cost of the operation?

So there you have it – a few tips for finding a surgeon. Simply going through some of the things mentioned above will go a long way in helping you find a surgeon who is likely to keep your needs and goals at the forefront. Call us on 1300 368 107 to book a consultation with Dr Tavakoli for surgery in Australia!

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an Australian-trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the International Society (ISAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is knowledgeable in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the world on these topics.