Dr Quoc Lam and Dr Rodney Cooter are fully qualified Plastic Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeons. They work only in accredited facilities with a team of qualified anaesthetists and nurses.
Your choice of surgeon should be based on some very simple guidelines.
- Your surgeon should be a fully qualified Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic surgeon with the letters FRACS following their name.
- Your surgeon should perform your procedure in an Accredited facility or institution.
- Your surgeon should be available and closely involved in your post-operative care and longer term follow up.
- You should have a good rapport with your surgeon.
First and foremost, your surgeon must be fully qualified and trained to provide the surgery and after care that you are seeking. Dr Rodney Cooter and Dr Quoc Lam are fully qualified Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic surgeons.
Both Dr Quoc Lam and Dr Rodney Cooter have additional higher degrees and continue to be involved in research and the teaching of trainees.
A qualified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon has undergone exhaustive training often spanning an additional 10 years or more after the completion of medical school. This gives them a wide scope of skills with a broad and in depth understanding of Reconstructive as well as Cosmetic surgery allowing them to tackle the routine, the difficult and the complicated.
Our surgeons are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This can be recognised by the letters FRACS after their name. They are also affiliated with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and are also registered as specialists with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
It is important that you are aware of the difference between a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon and other service providers in this field to ensure your own health and safety.
In Australia, a medical degree allows a doctor to assume the title of “surgeon” even if they have not had formal surgical training and even if they have not successfully reached the required standards of a governing body such as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This opens the realm of Cosmetic surgery to unregulated and potentially unsafe practice.
The accreditation of a facility or institution is a rigorous, ongoing process of quality control to ensure the highest of standards when it comes to safety in health care. An accredited facility is assessed on a regular basis to ensure that it maintains a high level of function and safety.
Waverley House Plastic Surgery Centre is a fully accredited day surgery facility that has an excellent track record in safety for over 20 years.
Our surgeons also operate at other accredited facilities in Adelaide. Dr Quoc Lam operates at St Andrews Hospital, the Burnside Memorial Hospital and the Stirling District Hospital. Dr Rodney Cooter also operates at St Andrews Hospital.
Post-operative care and follow-up
Your surgeon should be easily contactable and available during your post-operative period.
Ideally, you should choose a surgeon who is located in your region or state. This will ensure that he or she is at hand if you have urgent concerns. This will also make subsequent visits more convenient. Having a surgeon who is local also implies that you will not be travelling away from friends and family who are often needed for support in the post-operative period.
If you do not live locally, it is important that you commit to stay in the region in your post-operative period so that our surgeons can ensure your safe recovery. It is a good idea to have a support person with you during this time. The duration of this period would depend on your procedure. You may require a follow-up within a few days to manage dressings or drains followed by a review one week after your surgery. The next follow-up would usually be between four to seven weeks after your surgery. During this period, you may choose to go home before returning for this review.
Your relationship with your surgeon
It goes without saying that you should have a good rapport with your surgeon. The lines of communication should be open and you should feel that your surgeon understands you. You should never feel pressured or unsure about a decision regarding your surgery.
Dr Rodney Cooter and Dr Quoc Lam are both very approachable and professional when it comes to dealing with their patients. They have their own individual styles of consulting, however, they understand that the key to a success comes first from understanding their patients. It is sometimes difficult to establish clarity in one consultation and a period of deliberation before a second or third consultation can be extremely valuable.
Come and meet our surgeons for an opinion regarding your surgery.