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frequently asked questions
You should confirm and book your surgery at least four weeks prior to your chosen date.
Before surgery, you will have an appointment with the anesthesiologist, who will run certain tests known as pre-anesthesia. This pre-anesthesia includes a detailed medical history elaborated by the anesthesiologist, blood work, and an electrocardiogram (ECG), to ensure you have the necessary health conditions to undergo the surgery. During the consultation you must inform the anesthesiologist if you take any medication regularly, since some medicines may interfere with the anesthetic drugs.
The type of anesthesia depends on the treatment. We might use general anesthesia, assisted local anesthesia with sedation, or local anesthesia for minor surgeries.
Anesthesia alters certain normal reflexes or bodily defense mechanisms. Therefore, it is necessary to undergo surgery on an empty stomach, in order to prevent the food from returning to your mouth and entering your airways. The anesthesiologist will tell you how long you should fast and what you are allowed to take (for example, some medication with a sip of water). In general, you cannot eat or drink anything for 8 hours before surgery, if general anesthesia or sedation is required.
If you take any medication you should continue to take it even on the day of your surgery. However, if you take aspirin or any of its derivatives you should stop taking it 14 days before the surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding. You may ask your surgeon and your anesthesiologist any questions regarding your medication.
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Doctor Cabrera is a surgeon member of the elitist ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetics Plastic Surgery) and SECPRE (Spanish Society of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).
Accredited hospital with the latest technology
Our interventions are carried out in the "San Juan de Dios" Hospital of Córdoba with operating theaters equipped with the latest technology.
15 years of experience and more than 6000 patients
Our physicians are excellent professionals with the maximum training and experience.
Yes. Although any type of anesthesia may involve risks, in healthy people this risk is very low. In Cabrera Plástica & Estética we contribute to the safety of anesthesia by using modern infusion and anesthetic monitoring systems, cutting-edge anesthetic drugs that are very safe and reliable and, most importantly, a team of highly qualified, experienced anesthesiologists.
It is important to discontinue the use of aspirin or any medication containing acetylsalicylic acid or any derivatives two weeks before the surgery. You should also suspend any anti-inflammatory medication. The day before your surgery, you will be reminded by phone of all other details such as, the time you should arrive at the hospital, the fasting period, and the documents you should bring with you for your admittance to the center.
All our surgeries take place in the “Hospital San Juan de Dios” de Cordoba (Spain) which is fully equipped with the most advanced equipment and highly qualified staff. We also have an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for greater security and peace of mind. Typically, you will be admitted in the hospital on the day of your surgery, you will stay in the hospital overnight, and you will be discharged the following day.
The duration of the surgery depends upon the specific surgery you are undergoing. Therefore, the surgeon will personally inform you about this issue in detail prior to your surgery.
We can perform surgery without any problem during that time.
It is advisable not to wear makeup on the day of your surgery and you should also remove your nail polish from your hands and feet, since the sensors that measure the amount of oxygen in your blood could be altered and not function correctly.
No, your cornea could dry up and get damaged by direct contact with the lens during the surgery.
Once you are unconscious the anesthesiologist begins the most delicate part of their job, monitoring your vital signs and treating any changes in your physical state that could arise during the surgery. Based on their knowledge and experience and by using the most sophisticated electronic monitoring systems, they will administer specific medication. Some of these drugs are necessary to keep your state of unconsciousness during the surgery, and others to regulate the functioning of your vital organs (mainly your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and kidney and brain functions). Thus, the anesthesiologist can treat any medical problem that could arise during the procedure. Once the surgery is over, the anesthetic medication is removed and its effects are reversed. During the recovery or awakening period, the anesthesiologist will initiate the necessary treatment to alleviate your pain and any post-operative discomfort.
The time you take to regain consciousness depends, mainly, on the amount of time you have been under anesthesia and the anesthetic drugs we have used. In Cabrera Plástica & Estética , and thanks to our modern anesthetic infusion pumps and our D.O.P.E.T. monitoring system, our anesthesiologists can administer the drugs with great precision. This makes the awakening process faster and more comfortable for the patient and it aids in an excellent recovery.
Although the anesthetic drugs used today are very safe and precise, with very few side effects, in certain cases some secondary effects may appear such as nausea and vomiting. In order to avoid the occurrence of these side effects as much as possible, our anesthesiologists administer anesthetic drugs via continuous infusion and high-precision vaporizers. However, despite all this, some patients may experience some discomfort after their surgery. If you have experienced any of these symptoms in previous surgeries, please inform the anesthesiologist so he can administer the appropriate medication.
When you are discharged, you will be given Dr. Emilio Cabrera’s direct line for emergency cases; this phone line is available 24 hours a day.
You will have your first check-up the day after your surgery. Before being discharged from the hospital, we will check your general health condition, the results from the surgery, and explain the treatment for the post-operative phase.
Once you have been discharged from the hospital, you can shower, ensuring you do not wet the operated area. Five days after your operation you can shower completely, although taking a bath should be strictly avoided.