Countdown to Surgery
15 Days to Go
From the 15 days to go on your countdown to surgery it is important that you ensure that your blood test results (FBC), (COAG), (UE) and Mammogram or Ultrasound – As previously advised, have been sent through to the office where they will be checked. If it is final that you are eligible for the cosmetic surgery procedure, full payment will be required to be made to the Hospital and cosmetic surgeon Mr. A. Karidis.
It is important that you read through the consent form so that you have a clear understanding and ask any questions that you may have prior to your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Plan Your Journey
Ensure that you have planned your journey to the hospital leaving plenty of time of traffic or public transport obstructions, and that you and your friend or partner knows the correct timings and is able to accompany you home.
For Breast Augmentation Surgery
If you are undergoing Breast Augmentation Surgery you will have been advised to wear a sports bra. Prior to this cosmetic surgery procedure ensure that your sports bra is the right size and a comfortable fit with no underwire. For more advice on choosing your bra please call the Karidis clinic on 0207 432 8727.
Inform Us of Any Changes
It is important that you inform Karidis of any changes in your health at any time during your 15 day countdown to your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Your Surgical Checklist
To get the most benefit of undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure it is important that you carefully follow the instructions relating to medication and vitamin supplements, smoking and drinking alcohol as advised and provided by Cosmetic Surgeon Mr. Alex Karidis or by his team of qualified nurses and consultants.
Day Before Your Operation
One day before you undergo your cosmetic surgery procedure you will be called by one of our nurses who will remind you of the last time you are able to eat or drink. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to ask. Please also ensure that fingernails and toenails are varnish free and we also recommend that you do not bring any valuables with you such as jewellery including earrings and nose studs as we will ask you to remove these items prior to surgery and will be held at your own risk.
What to Bring
To ensure that you are most comfortable on the day of operation we recommend that you bring essential toiletries and slippers. Ready in your room, you will be provided with a gown, bathrobe and a pair of socks. It is advisable that you wear loose comfortable front fastening clothes that do not need to be pulled over the head and bring a sports bra or any item of clothing or tablets that you have been previously advised to do by someone from the Karidis team.
On the Day
We would ask that you please report to the main hospital reception, the hospital team will be expecting you.
You will be asked to take a seat in the reception.
An admissions clerk will escort you and anyone accompanying you to your private room on the ward (which might be St Clare’s, St Francis or St Joseph’s). You will take the same lift that you take to come to the karidis clinic and stop on the first floor.
Once settled in your room you will meet the ward nurse who will confirm some personal details with you ie name and address and date of birth etc and ask you to read through the hospital consent form and once you are happy you can sign the form.
The nurse will then take your temperature and blood pressure and issue you with your hospital wrist band.
You will be asked to change into the gown, underwear and socks provided and remove any jewellery in preparation for the operation.
There is space in the room for all of your personal effects and anyone accompanying you is welcome to stay with you throughout your operation. If they wish to leave the room they will need to inform the nurse so that she can lock the room as all of your belongings are left at your own risk.
Mr Karidis will visit you in your room to answer any further questions and to talk you through the Karidis consent form. He will also take some photographs of you prior to the operation and make some markings in preparation. He will talk you through everything that he does and will happily answer any questions that you have.
Your anaesthetist will visit you during this period and ask you questions relating to previous surgery and allergies etc. Please ensure that you give him as much information as you can. There will be a menu in your room which you will then complete for after the operation.
When it is time for your operation a nurse will come and collect you from your room and accompany you to theatre.
You will take a short walk and lift journey to the theatre.
Once there you will be asked to make yourself comfortable on a bed where you will meet a member of the theater team. They will go through your personal information checks again.
You will once again see the anaesthetist who will administer the necessary anaesthetic.
The operation will then take place.
You will wake up in the recovery area and once the nurse there deems it necessary will be returned to your room on your bed.
You will have water in your room and be encouraged to rest and to drink water when you feel you can.
A nurse will take your observations (blood pressure and temperature periodically).
Once you have drunk some water and feel ready you will be offered tea and biscuits.
Once you feel ready you will be able to eat some food.
Mr Karidis will come and visit you in your room to see how you are feeling.
Once the ward nurse is satisfied that you can be discharged she will issue you with any medication that Mr Karidis has prescribed for you and advise on when the tablets should be taken.
You will then be discharged.
Please ensure you have all the necessary telephone numbers and/or email addresses to hand so that we can help you with any questions you might have.