Pre-op consultation is a vital aspect of any cosmetic surgery, reconstructive or corrective surgical procedure. It allows both the patient and the surgeon to develop a clear understanding of the condition. The surgeon will create a customized treatment plan based on the engagement with the patient during this consultation process.
Dr. Asaf Yalif is a board certified plastic surgeon with additional advanced expertise in the areas of orthopedic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Yalif provides various surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients in Atlanta, Roswell, Woodstock, and surrounding locations.
The safety and success of any plastic surgery or hand surgery procedure will depend to an extent on how candidly the patient shares information about their past and present health conditions, habits and lifestyle. The surgeon will need to know the patient’s medical history, previous surgeries, current medical conditions, ongoing treatments, and known drug allergies, if any.
If the patient is using any prescription medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins, they must inform the surgeon during the consultation. The surgeon will also need to know about the patient’s use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs, and will advise restrictions related to these.
The hand condition of the patient will be examined in detail to determine the course of treatment and assess the risk factors. If required, the surgeon may decide to perform a few diagnostic tests to clearly define the problem. Information about the likely results, and any potential side effects, risk or complications will also be shared with the patient.
Some surgeons may require the patient to fill a detailed questionnaire to ensure all aspects of health assessment are covered in an exhaustive manner. The pain level, physical limitations of the hand, and progression of the hand pain and problems will be evaluated. The surgeon may like to know about specific hand-related activities that the patient finds difficult to perform.
The surgeon will need information on any pre-existing conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, anemia, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. The patient should inform if these existing medical conditions have changed recently. The treatment plan can be impacted due to these conditions.
X-ray and MRI
X-rays will be performed as a part of pre-operative consultation process to know details about the health of the hand and extremities. A set of x-rays to examine the wrist may also be requested. The surgeon will compare the x-rays with any x-rays from the past and other health evaluation results. This will help them determine how the hand has undergone a change or has deteriorated over time.
In some cases, an MRI may be requested to look at the inner hand structures more closely. If there are any infections or tendon issues or other complications, these may be assessed with the help of MRI. Leading cosmetic surgeon and hand surgeon Dr. Yalif receives patients from Atlanta, Roswell, Woodstock, and nearby areas for hand surgery.
The surgeon will also discuss about the patient’s personal health and aesthetic needs and goals, and incorporate these into the treatment plan.
For more information about the plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Asaf Yalif please call us at 404.822.4402 or click here to schedule a consultation. Offices located in Atlanta, Roswell, and Woodstock, Georgia.