Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons perform surgery to repair and reconstruct muscle and tissue injuries and congenital deformities.

Overview

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons perform surgery to repair and reconstruct muscle and tissue injuries and congenital deformities.

Day-to-day

  • examines patients to determine the necessity of operations, estimates and explains risks to patients, and selects the best operational procedures
  • reviews reports on patients' general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories
  • consults with anaesthetists regarding the correct anaesthesia for patients
  • performs surgical operations
  • examines instruments, equipment, and surgical set-up to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed
  • instructs other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements
  • prescribes post-operative care, and observes and investigates patients' progress
  • maintains records of operations performed
  • may specialise in particular types of operations.

Considerations

  • stressful.

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To become a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

  • You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons before you can specialise as a Plastic or Reconstructive Surgeon.

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  • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

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