Be Prepared. Prior to undergoing elective surgery that may alter your lifestyle, appearance or both, it is important to be evaluated to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of what to expect before, during and after the procedure. Documented research consistently concludes that pre-surgical assessment enhances patients’ success during post-surgical adjustment. In fact, for this reason, more and more doctors are now recommending such an assessment for even minor cosmetic operations. Here at SpAcuity, Dr. Lauren performs pre-surgical assessments that are specifically tailored to gauge your level of preparedness for your upcoming procedure. Whether you need to be assessed for bariatric surgery, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, or other procedure, Dr. Lauren understands that even modest changes in appearance can result in robust differences in self-perception, and thereby in how you approach and are received by others.
Each pre-surgical evaluation is an individualized experience that begins with an initial consultation to ensure that you gain a clear understanding of the testing process. During this preliminary meeting, you will be informed that the process entails completion of a clinical interview, as well as diagnostic testing. The interview consists of a disclosure of your relevant personal information and social history, as well as a discussion about your expectations of the surgery and your post-surgical responsibilities for self-care. Diagnostic testing is intended to assess your personality style and screen for substance abuse or other behaviors that may impede recovery.
Dr. Lauren does not make any recommendations regarding whether or not your doctor should complete the surgery, but reports only what the results suggest about how prepared you are for the surgery and what the prognosis is for recovery based on this level of preparation. Dr. Lauren uses results to devise a set of recommendations to maximize your chances of success during post-operative adjustment. Your doctor then uses this information to determine if you are or are not a good candidate for the procedure in question.
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