Corrective Surgery Sydney
Corrective surgery is performed to repair physical defects and restore both function and appearance.
The key purpose of corrective surgery is to repair physical defects. While this form of surgery often helps to enhance one's overall appearance, the main focus is on repairing issues like developmental and birth defects, burns, and the effects of disease and trauma, in order to reconstruct areas of the face or body. Corrective surgery may include reconstruction following skin cancer and the repair of scars caused by severe burns and other injuries, as well as the repair of congenital anomalies.
Corrective surgery can go a long way in improving function and an overall sense of wellbeing when areas of the body that are affected by defects, disease, or injuries are successfully repaired.
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|Patients in Sydney want to undergo corrective surgery to correct birth defects, scar revisions, physical defects, burns, and more. They often come in with similar intentions; to repair physical defects and restore both function and appearance.
What corrective surgery techniques are used?
I use a range of corrective surgery techniques, and the specific surgery will depend on your area of concern. Because corrective surgery generally requires the repair of very intricate structures within the body, I usually use a technique known as microsurgery to perform the surgery.
Microsurgery is a form of surgery in which very specialised instruments are used to work on tiny structures, like nerves and blood vessels. The technique is often used to transfer tissue from one area of the body to another. In the case of a tissue transfer, I will prepare a recipient site in the area of concern by dissecting blood vessels and nerves before transferring donor tissue to the site. The healthy tissue, which includes blood vessels and nerves, is attached to the site of treatment with the use of a specialised microscope.
How long does it take to recover from corrective surgery?
Recovery time varies from patient to patient, depending on the specific procedure that is performed. I will usually dress the site of surgery with gauze or bandages, and you may need to wear a compression garment to minimise swelling and support both the recipient and donor sites.
After your surgery, my staff will monitor your blood flow carefully and explain how best to take care of your surgical wounds while you heal. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for some time, but the details of your recovery will be discussed with you in person.
You can expect to experience some swelling, which will resolve over time. Once the swelling subsides, you will begin to see the results of your procedure.
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What are the potential risks and complications of corrective surgery?
While modern surgical techniques are generally consider your well-being, all surgery can carry some potential risks. Some of the potential risks of corrective surgery include:
- Immediately following your surgery, you may experience short-term nausea and vomiting due to the anaesthesia and a sore throat as a result of the breathing tube
- Bleeding from the incision site
- Infection that may require antibiotic treatment or in rare cases, additional surgery
- Temporary numbness around the incision sites
- Fluid accumulation
- Numbness in areas of the skin
How much does corrective surgery cost?
Corrective surgery may be covered by some private health insurers. Review your policy carefully to determine what is covered.
Costs associated with corrective surgery vary depending on the specific procedure you undergo, as well as on a number of factors such as:
- Anaesthetist's fee
- Private hospital or day surgical facility fees
- Need for post-operative garments
- Length of hospital stay
- The cover from your insurance company
- Surgical assistant's fee
After our consultation, my staff will give you an itemised account of the total cost.