Planning the Surgery
It is very important to allow sufficient time for adequate pre-operative consultation and repeat consultation if required.
After the operation time for complete follow-up is also imperative. For some procedures this could take up to three weeks. This would include suture removal and monitoring for possible surgical complications.
Hospitals and Anaesthesia
The standard of South African private hospitals and clinics is well up to international standards. Some cosmetic procedures are done on an outpatient basis; some require admission for one or two nights.
The standard of the anaesthetic service is excellent. As a result more procedures tend to be done under general anaesthesia than may be the case elsewhere.
Unsuitability for Surgery
The final decision on whether or not to undertake a surgical procedure must rest with the surgeon concerned. The more information you can give your prospective surgeon beforehand the better. This might include photographs.
Plastic surgery trainees who are considering coming to South Africa to further their training have two main options.
Full Registrar posts. These posts normally require the prior attainment of the FCS part 1(b), of the College of Medicine of South Africa or an FRCS. They are usually heavily oversubscribed. Supernumerary Registrar posts. These are for a minimum period of three months. It is necessary to register as a student of the University concerned. For further information you can contact the chairman of the Educational Subcommittee, Prof A Madaree, Head of the Department of Plastic Surgery, Wentworth Hospital at: firstname.lastname@example.org