Although written text and patient photographs are often a helpful guide when making an informed decision pertaining to surgery, there is certainly nothing to compare with a personal consultation. The patient-doctor interaction represents one of the most important elements to your surgical evaluation. Dr. James Lacey is aware of the need to treat each individual somewhat differently. Unfortunately he has to accept the fact that on some occasions he falls short. He continues in an effort to improve these interactions with respect and courtesy.
If you proceed and book a consultation with Dr. James Lacey, it is a personal courtesy to keep your scheduled appointment. A set amount of time has been allocated for your complete and thorough consultation, it goes without saying that if you cannot make your scheduled appointment, a call to our office as far ahead as possible will be greatly appreciated, allowing us to offer this time to another patient. If you do not keep your appointment or call to cancel with sufficient notice, this is time which our office considers wasted.
The consultation begins with the completion of a patient registration form which has been designed to review any known drug allergies and lists the use of present medications (including aspirin, anti-inflammatory and over the counter remedies). This allows for the documentation of any particular past and present medical problems. Smoking history, consideration of future pregnancies, weight loss plans and the specifics of your daily routine (i.e. exercise and dietary habits) are all important issues which will be addressed, since these particular factors may influence the results of your surgery.
Prior to reviewing the specifics of your surgery, Dr. James Lacey will commence the consultation by first discussing your cosmetic concerns. He will then examine the anatomical area of concern. Establishing the surgical limitations and determining whether or not you are indeed an appropriate candidate for your particular surgical request remains the first line of business. Please understand that we try very hard to stay on time so that we do not keep the next patient waiting. Dr. James Lacey does however try to answer all your questions during this initial visit.
Having completed the examination process and establishing that you are a candidate for surgery, Dr. James Lacey will then outline the details of your proposed surgical procedure, which will include a review of:
- Pre-operative instructions and list of medications to avoid can be downloaded
- Potential complications
- The recovery process and general post-operative instructions can be downloaded
- Fee structure
Our goal is for your consultation to be both positive and informative. It is critical that all questions you might have regarding your surgery be answered during the consultation process. If, for any reason, Dr. James Lacey and you do not feel that the risks, limitations, complications and/or expectations of your surgery have been completely understood or questions satisfactorily answered, a repeat consultation (at no cost to you) will be arranged for a later date.
It is important that you experience a positive interaction with Dr. James Lacey as well as his office, their attention to your questions will be treated in a personal and priority fashion.