Here’s my take on #surgery
and picking a #surgeon
1. Most surgeries are planned which means they are elective or semi-elective. Each person has to weigh the risks and benefits of proceeding with surgery. For something cosmetic or elective, all things must be considered including finances (bc holy #stickershock
2. You have to be willing to accept that the result may not be as good as you had hoped. This was a revision of an old surgery that didn’t go as anticipated 5 years ago. I waited 5 years because having kids was more important to me than fixing my eardrum. I was either #pregnant
the majority of those 5 years so I just didn’t want to do it. Am I happy I needed a second surgery? Heck no. Am I mad at my surgeon? Heck no. Read on to find out why.
3. Choosing a surgeon you #trust
is of utmost importance if you have a choice! Sometimes there may be limited choices based on location and specialty. You need to find someone that you feel comfortable with EVEN IF the result is not good. #Medicine
is not an exact #science
happen. Find the person you would be comfortable with fixing any issues that arise. To find this person I suggest:.
✅Get at least one alternate opinion and no more than 2-3.
.✅If the surgery is very specific - find a surgeon in that specialty. Do not get a nose job from a general surgeon or dentist who does oral surgery (yes this has happened!).
.✅Be wary of surgeons who feel threatened by other surgeons. Red flag.
.✅If it seems “too good to be true”. Red flag.
.✅If they offer deep discounts for a procedure compared to evryone else...red flag and run. the costs of surgery are out of control here, but never ever would I let a discount surgeon lay scalpel to me.
.✅If you are getting a type of implant like a knee replacement - ask them what brand and why they chose that brand. It is also ok to ask them if they are in any way tied to that brand. This is one area that gets a little dicey in medicine.
.✅Ask them what the alternative options are - both surgical and non surgical.
.✅Trust your gut. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t let them cut.