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PRE-OP ADVICE

Many patients are understandably nervous before their procedure but we like to make things as smooth as possible for you. We have a patient advice sheet/checklist for you of things to do, things not to do as well as things to bring with you on the day of surgery. Please remember that you will need to be pre-assessed by the hospital too and this usually takes place a week or two before surgery and is a standard medical check for your safety. If you have any last minute questions or queries please always feels free to phone the clinic or drop us an email! We are here to help!

Are there any tablets I should avoid?

Avoid taking aspirin or similar blood-thinning products before undergoing plastic surgery procedures a minimum of a week before and after your procedure (unless otherwise instructed by Mr Banwell). The same is true for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen, neurofen and diclofenac). Vitamin E & C, dietary supplements and herbal medicines should also be avoided. These may also increase your bleeding tendency. Please also note that you should not consume alcohol within 48 hours of surgery.

What about smoking?

Smoking has serious effects on wound healing and infection rates, so should be stopped a minimum of 2 weeks before surgery and ideally prior to this. It also can cause problems due to coughing in the post-operative phase which can then lead to an increased risk of bleeding; this is of particular concern in facial operations but affects ALL potential operations that Mr Banwell performs.

Should I avoid taking supplements?

Yes – in brief! Some patients find homeopathic remedies such as arnica helpful to reduce bruising although it is very difficult to prove their efficacy scientifically. Whilst Mr Banwell is happy to encourage patients to use arnica, only begin 2-3 days AFTER the operation and continue for a week. Some preparations of arnica may have additional compounds that actually lead to bleeding so to be safe Mr Banwell asks you to start after surgery and NOT before.

What if I get sick prior to surgery?

If you develop any sort of illness prior to the operation please contact Mr Banwell’s secretary at 01342 330302 as your procedure may need to be postponed or you may require treatment before proceeding.

Do I need to starve before my operation?

For local anaesthetic operations (with you awake) you may eat and drink normally. For general anaesthetic operations (with you asleep) you should not eat anything for at least 6 hours prior to surgery. You may drink water up until 2-hours before surgery. You will receive instructions from the hospital prior to your admission; however, if in doubt, please ask the pre-admission unit at the hospital or phone Mr Banwell’s office. Essentially if your admission time is early in the morning, do not eat or drink anything on the same day as surgery. If you are on the afternoon list then you will given instructions to have a very light, very early breakfast.

When should I come to hospital and what should I bring with me?

The hospital will contact you to make the arrangements for your in-patient procedure. Usually you will come in to hospital on the morning of your surgery, but occasionally you will come in the night before. Ensure you have your normal toiletries and any regular medication you take. If having a procedure on your face or eyes, it is advisable to bring a pair of sunglasses and a head scarf to wear home. Please ensure you bring any post-surgery garments that Mr Banwell  and his team have recommended (binders/sports bras/compression). Please also bring magazines, iPads, music, book, Kindle and even chocolate for your surgeon!!

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I asked around and was told that Mr Banwell was the best in his field. I don’t know what my expectations were but the result was great, all my friends think my eyes look brighter and more open. I had no bruising which I was told I might have. Mr Banwell and his team excelled in making my life very easy for me, with arrangements and liaising with the hospital which didn’t always have my details correct, they were very helpful and answered all my questions, nothing was too much trouble. Mr Banwell put me at ease and I was not worried about the operation at all.


Wendy B.

My care was efficient and effective, the office staff were excellent and the clinic clean. Mr Banwell did a very good job under difficult circumstances given the length of time the BCC had been there. I would definitely recommend Mr Banwell.


Anthea C.

I went to see Mr Banwell to get reassurance about the moles and blemishes which have been steadily growing since I was a young adult. 30 years ago we were not aware of the dangers of the sun and burning on holiday way an annual ritual. Thankfully we are all now aware that the sun damage can cause skin cancer and the changes in my moles mean I have a precautionary approach, particularly as older family members have had tumours removed. Paul knows exactly what he was looking for and studied each and every mole methodically. The two he highlighted for treatment were two of the least innocuous (in my opinion) which surprised me. Clearly to the trained eye they needed removal. I have since had an excision of one and due to have photo dynamic therapy treatment for the small red mark on my nose later this year. Without seeing Paul, this minor irritation would have been left and could possibly have created problems later in life. I advocate regular checks for anyone with moles and skin blemishes. The technology now is so impressive and it makes absolutely sense to take full advantage of Paul’s expertise.


Gabrielle S.

Thank you so much for your surgery and your fantastic caring and positive attitude which makes so much difference for patients, me included!


Mike S.

Mr Paul Banwell performed a wider excision for me in April 2008 following a diagnosis of melanoma. The care and support provided by him has been second to none and I would have no hesitation in recommending him. Paul’s approach to surgery and post-surgery is one of honesty and excellence in his field of expertise. I feel safe in his care.


Sarah B.

You were very knowledgeable about every part of the procedure and that is why I chose you over any other surgeon/clinic. Nearly 5 years on and I am very pleased with the results of my operation and have had no problems and they look so natural and have built my confidence so much.


Sam M.

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