I Will be Travelling to Brisbane For Surgery. How Should I Plan For This?
Dr Cheng sees patients from all over Australia and overseas however, Dr Cheng only performs consultations and surgery in Brisbane, Australia. With this in mind we have developed a guide or sequence of steps for you to consider. In more complex medical situations, this option may not be suitable so please discuss your personal situation with one of our Patient Coordinators.
First things first
Taking the first step can be scary, and we know how expensive travel can be, so in order to be mindful of this we suggest you make contact with one of our patient coordinators as soon as possible to discuss the procedure of interest, your ideal timeframe for this to occur and your desired goals and suitability for the procedure.
How can I prepare for my video consultation with Dr Cheng?
In order to confirm your video consultation please liaise with our Patient Coordinators as they will assist with your preparation requirements. The following information is an example of the information that will be required:
- Photos of your current anatomy
- Ideal results or outcomes that you like
- If you have had previous surgery, your before and after photos and operation records relating to your previous surgery
- Copies of reports relating to recent imaging
- Your patient detail form
The above material should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow Dr Cheng to prepare for and potentially provide advice prior to booking your video consultation.
Once we have received your information, your Patient Coordinator will confirm your video consultation with Dr Eddie Cheng
A video consultation is the ideal way for you to get to know our practice and your surgeon without spending additional on travel at this early stage. However, Dr Cheng does stress that this is not a replacement for a thorough clinical evaluation which will still need to be performed in the future.
The fee for a video consultation is $200 which is paid at the time of confirming your appointment.
Ph: 07 3870 3960
International: +61 7 3870 3960
How Do I Book A Date For Surgery If I am a Travelling Patient?
Dr Cheng generally operates on Mondays, Tuesday and some Thursdays. Once your surgery date is confirmed you will be advised when you will need to arrive and how long you will need to stay after your operation. You will need to bring someone with you for at least part of your stay. This can be a partner, relative or good friend. If you are unable to bring someone, then let us know early so that we can suggest or arrange alternative assistance for you.
Confirmation of a surgery date requires a non-refundable deposit. At this time you will also need to book your pre operative appointment ideally a minimum of 7 days prior to your surgery date.
Once you have schedule your surgery date we will email you a pack containing consent forms and relevant hospital forms for review and return at your pre operative appointment.
It is important to discuss any medications with Dr Cheng in particular herbals such as fish oils and anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin, nurofen, naprogesic) well before surgery. Dr Cheng will advise what should be stopped prior to surgery, however, in general please cease the above at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
A word about smoking
If you are considering surgery, it is imperative that you cease smoking and any nicotine products including cannabis at least 2 months prior to surgery. For more information read our blog about smoking and plastic surgery.
Where Should I Stay If I Live Outside Of Brisbane?
Our clinic is located on the Wesley Hospital Campus, approximately 3km from the Brisbane CBD. There are numerous accommodation options nearby
Our patients come from all over Australia and Internationally. Please see information for travelling patients. For your convenience if you don’t have a car in Brisbane, our office is situated within walking distance to the Auchenflower Train Station.
The Following is a list of nearby accomodation and caring options for travelling patients:
Accommodation near train stations and close to the Wesley Hospital
Essence Suites and Apartments Taringa – Medi-hotel (easy access to train line from Taringa to Auchenflower) – directly above Westside Private Hospital
Accommodation Within walking Distance to The Wesley Hospital:
Accommodation and Recovery Care
Private In Home Accommodation and Care
There is a range of accommodation and care options depending on whether you are travelling alone or with a friend/carer.
For a home away from hospital style accommodation with the option of airport collection and dropoff, day surgery pick up, overnight accommodation and care as well as meals. Speak to our Patient Coordinators for more details about this private in home style accommodation option.
Recovery Partner and Concierge Services
Heidi and her team at Pure You Patient Concierges, offer caring and supportive females who are knowledgeable on post surgical recovery and can assist with the logistics of recovery.
How Long Should I Stay In Brisbane?
Below you will find a guide for suggested length of stay times in Brisbane, however, please be mindful that every individual recovery can vary:
Breast Augmentation: Stay 4-5 days.
Breast Reduction / Lifting / Reshaping / Revision / Tuberous / Asymmetry: Stay 7-10 days.
Mummy Makeover: Stay 14 days.
Abdominoplasty: Stay 2 weeks
Arriving In Brisbane for Surgery
Please arrive 7 days prior to your date of surgery to allow plenty of time for your pre op appointment and ordering of the appropriate prosthetics. It is important for you to stay near Brisbane to ensure you are available for any appointments with Dr Cheng and your Patient Coordinator. During this time Dr Cheng will conduct a thorough clinical evaluation, review your history from your initial consultation, confirm your treatment plan and the associated recovery and risks. Clinical photos and 3D scanning will be performed at this time along with the relevant paperwork and final preparations for your upcoming surgery.
Day of Surgery
Fasting times and hospital admission times will be provided 1 day prior to your surgery. On the day of surgery you should proceed straight to the hospital admission desk where you will be admitted.
Your Anaesthetist and Dr Cheng and other Hospital Nursing staff involved in your care will meet and talk to you prior to your surgery.
For day surgery procedures, you will be required to have someone collect you from recovery. It is a safety policy of all the hospitals that you must be discharged into the care of a responsible adult after an anaesthetic.
Please advise our rooms in advance if you will be alone on discharge and will require assistance. A suitable alternative will need to be arranged in advance and will incur additional costs.
Many patients undergoing plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation can be discharged on the same day as the procedure. Larger operations however may require a 1-3 night hospital stay.
A postoperative visit with Dr Cheng and one of our specialist nurses will be scheduled prior to your departure home. During this visit, all postoperative instructions will be discussed and future appointments scheduled. All postoperative recovery tapes and dressings will also be provided to you.
Our postoperative appointment schedule is flexible and may involve a combination of video/phone appointments and physical ones throughout the year. We may also request that you email in photos of your progress for Dr Cheng to review.