HOW MUCH DOES AN INITIAL CONSULTATION COST?
The cost of an initial consultation with Dr. Brooks is $250. 50% of this fee will be taken at the time of making the booking. This is non-refundable if you cancel less than 48 hours prior to your consultation date. A portion of your initial consultation fee can be claimed back from Medicare with a valid GP referral.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?
In order to see Dr. Brooks, you will need a referral from a GP or specialist prior to your appointment. Having the referral allows you to receive a subsidy from Medicare for your initial consultation fee and is required in order for you to claim any applicable rebates related to your surgery.
DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING BEFORE MY CONSULTATION?
You will need to complete a consultation questionnaire, as well as read and sign the Privacy Act information. You will need to ensure you have a referral and it is also a good idea to come prepared with a list of questions or concerns relating to your particular procedure.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY INITIAL CONSULTATION?
Dr. Brooks will discuss your specific concerns with you, conduct a physical examination and discuss procedural options that may benefit you. Dr. Brooks will help you decide on which option is best suited to your individuals needs and discuss any associated risks. A procedure may be booked at this point if you are happy to move forward.
WILL MY PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVER MY SURGERY COSTS?
In the majority of cases, plastic surgery is elective, therefore most insurance plans will not cover the costs. There are of course exceptions, if your procedure is a medical necessity, and has been allocated a Medicare number, you may be eligible for a rebate. You may also be able to claim a rebate on hospital, surgical and anaesthetic fees. Quotes are issued via email following the initial consultation to ensure accuracy and transparency.
An extensive pre-procedure process will be discussed with Dr. Brooks well in advance of your surgery date. The following checklist will help you prepare.
Discuss any medication you may currently be taking and discontinue use as advised by Dr. Brooks.
Pre-prepare your prescriptions prior to the day of your surgery so that they are ready to be taken post procedure.
Follow the fasting instructions given to you by the surgery staff prior to your procedure.
Arrange for a close friend or family member to collect you from hospital and monitor you for 24 hours after leaving hospital.
Plan adequate down time and recovery time post procedure.
THE SURGERY PROCESS
Below are some important points to consider about the surgery process.
On the day of your surgery, wear clothing that is loose and not too restrictive.
On the day of your surgery, ensure you are not wearing any makeup or jewellery. Also, leave all valuables at home.
You will be required to change into a medical gown prior to the procedure.
As part of surgery preparation, and IV will be inserted in your hand or forearm.
Most patients will be fully awake within an hour after surgery. You will be closely monitored by hospital nursing staff post procedure, while you recover.
Prior to leaving hospital, you will be given specific instructions relating to hospital discharge, required medications and post-op appointments.
It is important to give your body the time it needs to recover. Do not rush back into work or daily activities until you are ready. Listen to your body.