Planning starts with your consultation. Consultations should only be given by one person, a highly experienced surgeon who is the only one capable of determining whether you are a suitable candidate for the surgery that you are asking for. Counsellors, or nursing, irrespective of their experience are not licensed to operate and although they may assist with simple explanations, you should not allow yourself to be placed in a situation where they advise surgery. Most counsellor’s work on a commission basis and it is therefore unlikely that your best interests will figure prominently in their thinking.
At a Tonic consultation you will not find counsellors. All consultations are carried out by our highly trained Bariatric Registered Surgeons.
The patient prepared to accept advice from an unqualified source should not be too surprised if the standard of surgery reflects this fact. Competent professionals will not be found associating with this type of organisation. It may be wise to bear this in mind.
No substitute exists for a Pre-Operative Consultation. It may be inconvenient; you may feel it unnecessary believing that you know what you want. The truth is different. Consultation is an integral part of any treatment you may have carried out. It cannot be bypassed.
We do not charge for Consultations. A very high degree of knowledge and skill is required for a well-balanced opinion about the necessity for the operation in which you may be interested. You must appreciate that even when the advice is not in favour of surgery, it comes from a highly qualified person who has given his time, attention and experience to your problem, consulting, both pre and post-operatively accounts for over 50 per cent of surgeons times and good ones do not give this time away. Neither will they tell you that you need surgery when you don’t. Surgeons build reputation not only by the work they carry out, but the work they decline.