Infection and antibiotics
Infection is an uncommon risk of any intervention. The risk of infection is reduced through the thorough inspection of the sterility of equipment before intervention, preparing the surgical site with antiseptic solution and where appropriate prescribing antibiotics. This regimen cannot prevent against infection completely but Chris will see you within the early risk period after your operation, to ensure, in the unlikely event there is a problem, it is diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
Screening for certain bacteria found on your skin is part of most pre-operative work-ups. The results rarely effect your surgery, but extra precautions may need to be taken.
Antibiotics can cause a multitude of untoward side effects. It is Chris’ practice to reserve their use for when absolutely necessary and he will advise you on how and when to use them.
Showering the surgical site before and 72 hours after surgery is advised. However, it is not advised to shave the area of hair prior to surgery. Chris will identify and minimise the area that needs hair removal peri-operatively. Doing this immediately prior to surgery also reduces the risk of infection.