What to Expect – The Consultation . . .
At your consultation you will be given the time that is needed to listen to your concerns and aspirations. An appropriate medical examination will be performed where necessary, including taking measurements, and photography (also known as medical illustration). If you attend on your own, a chaperone will be available if required and/or is necessary.
Mr Riaz routinely has a registered nurse working with him, who specialises in cosmetic surgery, during his Out-patient Clinics. At the Spire Hospital this is Helen Button, and at St Hugh’s Grimsby this is Lynda Thorndike. Both are a valuable source of information also, and are very happy to talk to patients independently of Mr Riaz, if required.
It is important to discuss with Mr Riaz, what you are hoping and/or expecting to gain from the proposed surgery. Based on a full clinical assessment he will then be able to tell you what you can realistically expect. If these outcomes are not what you expected he will explain why.
You will receive an honest and professional opinion, based upon years of specialist training and experience. Not every person is suitable for surgery and you will be advised if in his expert opinion you should wait before embarking on surgery, or perhaps consider other options.
The proposed treatment or operations, including any associated risks and limitations will be explained in full. If during the assessment additional risks have been highlighted specific to you, these will be discussed in yet greater detail. You will be required to sign a Consent Form based on this information, but not until the day of treatment.
Mr Riaz has an extensive portfolio of ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs of ‘real’ patients, which you may wish to see. (These patients have given their consent for the photographs to be used for this purpose, so there is no breach in Patient Confidentiality). Sometimes it helps to see final results of different techniques in order to make a better-informed decision.
You will be encouraged to ask questions and take time to consider the information and the proposed plan of treatment. This helps promote Good Medical Practice. You will never be pressurised into undergoing any treatment. If it helps, you should jot down a list of questions that you might want to ask Mr Riaz during the consultation. He will not be offended! You will receive a significant amount of information and it is easy to come away having forgotten to ask something you consider to be very important.
Sometimes it is necessary to have more than one consultation prior to surgery, and this is often a much shorter appointment. No charge is made for these further consultations, and if you wish to see Mr Riaz again prior to making a final decision, please call Gale Bell, my Practice Manager to discuss.
She will help you directly if she can answer your questions. If not she will refer directly back to Mr Riaz for a response.
Following Your Consultation . . .
Following your consultation Gale Bell my Practice Manager will contact you and provide you with a full estimate of the costs involved with surgery. If you require a written quote the hospital will send you this. Printed literature on the procedure you will be undergoing can be provided – please ask Gale. The hospitals also have literature on the different surgical procedures, which is also available to you.
It is important that you spend enough time to consider you treatment and make an informed decision that is based on sound professional advice. If you have any further questions, we would be very happy to arrange further consultations, at no additional charge.
Booking Your Operation . . .
If you would like to proceed with treatment, please contact Gale Bell on 01482 841228. No deposit is required to secure a provisional booking. However, if for any reason you are unable to attend for your surgery, it is essential that you inform Gale and/or the hospital as soon as possible, as the sessions are often heavily subscribed to. The hospitals will re-allocate the surgical time.
If you have any questions regarding scheduling your procedure your first point of contact is Gale Bell. She will liaise with the respective hospitals.
Hull Plastic Surgeons
8 George Street
Hull & East Riding
HMT St Hughs Hospital