Dr. Merten Consults at both Sydney City and Macquarie University Hospital locations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please Contact Us to check our availability and arrange your consultation
How long is the consultation?
Your initial consultation will take about 45 minutes. We know it is hard to take everything in, and as such you will be given additional information sheets to take home. We want you to make the most informed decision, and encourage you to Contact Us if you have any additional questions after your consultation. You are welcome to bring a friend or spouse with you if you like.
How many consultations do I need prior to surgery?
For major surgeries, 2 consultations are required. The second consultation is to ensure a mutual understanding of the expected outcomes and results, as well as reiterate any specific risks associated with your case.
Do I need a referral?
Some procedures are eligible for rebates, and your consultation may be partly rebateable from Medicare if you have a referral from your GP. Please note, purely cosmetic consultations do not attract a medicare rebate.
If a procedure is recognised under Medicare, you may be able to claim a rebate for the procedure and hospital fee from your health insurance provider. It is YOUR responsibility to determine if you are covered and if there are any additional fees you may have to pay.
Are there any pre-operative instructions?
We will provide you with an information sheet specific to your procedure to prepare for your procedure. This will advise on medications that need to be ceased and when to refrain from eating and drinking.
I am a smoker. Do I need to stop smoking and if so, how long?
For your general health and wellbeing and to improve wound healing, patients are required to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery and continue this for as long as possible after surgery. If we feel continuation of smoking will impact your safety, we will cancel your surgery.
Do I need a pre-operative assessment?
For major surgeries, you will require a pre-operative assessment. You will be advised if you require this.
When can I be discharged from hospital?
This will vary depending on what procedure you are having. Please see information on your specific procedure for these details.