10 Common Questions about Your Surgery
1. Who is doing the surgery?
Mr Adamo personally performs the entire procedure "skin to skin". Usually no other surgeons are assisting and for most procedures a certified surgeon's First Assistant assists him. Occasionally an assistant may be present and the assistant's role is primarily for helping in patient positioning and holding the camera.
2. Where is the surgery done?
Mr Adamo works in few highly qualified Private Hospitals in London. Choice of hospital will be discussed at the consultation according to patient wishes.
3. Who is doing the anaesthesia?
All bariatric procedures require full general anaesthesia. Mr Adamo works with only few Anaesthetists highly experienced with bariatric patients. Meeting with the Anaesthetist can be organised beforehand.
4. Who does the post-op care?
Mr Adamo will see you daily during your hospital stay. After surgery it will be necessary to follow up at appropriate time intervals. He will see you personally at all postoperative visits.
5. Are you available if I have questions before or after the procedure?
It is important that you feel comfortable and confident about having a surgical procedure. Mr Adamo is available to answer any questions that you may have about the surgical procedure you are having and will also address any questions or concerns that may arise after the surgery. You can always contact him via email and he will get back to you. If you wish to speak with him by phone, please leave a message and he will call you back.
6. How much will it hurt?
Any surgical procedure will cause discomfort. However, you will be surprised how little pain is actually present after laparoscopic surgery. Pain is mostly caused by the incisions in the abdominal wall muscles. Incisions are very small so it is the pain. You should be able to get out of bed and walking hours after surgery.
7. How long will I be off work?
Two weeks off work are enough for most patients.
8. Will I have big scars?
Procedures are done with laparoscopic (keyhole) technique, which is also known as minimally invasive. The incisions are less than 2 cm and are closed with absorbing sutures under the skin. Usually between 4 and 5 incisions are employed. Scars are as thin and as cosmetically acceptable as possible.
9. How many of these procedures have you done?
The annual caseload fulfils the criteria for excellence as defined by specialist societies. For some of the procedures Mr Adamo has one of the largest and longest series in UK.
10. How long do I have to stay in the hospital?
Hospital stay is usually 48 hours. Some procedures involve only overnight stay.