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Your initial consultation with Dr Colbert will take between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the nature of your consultation. The consultation begins with Dr Colbert discussing your goals and expectations from surgery. This will also cover any relevant previous medical history, including any medications you take or any allergies you have. Next Dr Colbert will perform a physical examination of the relevant area to help determine the best course of action. Digital photographs may be taken for your medical record. Finally you and Dr Colbert will discuss your treatment options, and decide what is the best best for you. Any other questions you might have will be covered.
You should bring along your referral (if you have one), your Medicare card, your private health insurance card, and any medical documents or information that you may have. It’s also encouraged that you bring a list of questions that you may have about your procedure, as it is often easy to forget them during the consultation. Many people also find it helpful to bring a friend or partner with you – there is usually lots of information discussed during the consultation and two sets of ears are better at recalling it later.
A standard consultation with Dr Colbert regarding a skin lesion or non-cosmetic operation costs $200.00.
A cosmetic or reconstructive consultation (including breast reduction, breast implant removal, tummy tuck) with Dr Colbert is a longer appointment and costs $250.00.
If your consult is regarding a procedure that attracts a Medicare rebate and you have a referral from your General Practitioner or Medical Specialist, then you will receive a $73.85 rebate on your consult fee.
Yes, Dr Colbert performs all of the operations himself.
Depending on what procedure you’re having, some of your fees may be partially subsidised by Medicare and your private health fund, however there is often an out of pocket gap to pay. All of these costs are made clear before any surgery is performed. It is always recommended to check with your private health insurer if your procedure is covered, or if you have any exclusions on your policy.
Unfortunately an accurate quote is only possible after a face to face consultation. For a personalised quote then you should book in for a consult, as every patient is different and requires a completely personalised approach. Often patients who come in looking for a particular procedure can actually get the same results with an alternative procedure that costs less, meaning that the investment in a consultation is a wise decision.
Dr David Colbert is a fully trained Specialist Plastic Surgeon that practices in Perth, and specialises in cosmetic surgery of the breast and body. Dr David Colbert has completed over 15 years of advanced surgical training, including both national and international fellowships to allow further sub-speciality training. Dr Colbert is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in Plastic Surgery, which is the highest level of qualification that a Plastic Surgeon in Australia can hold. Dr Colbert is also a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. This society is is responsible for promoting ethical and safe plastic surgery by maintaining high standards for the education and certification of plastic surgeons.
Dr Colbert operates on Cambridge Day Surgery (178 Cambridge Street, Wembley) and the Mount Hospital (Mounts Bay Road, Perth). Both of these hospitals are fully accredited hospitals with Specialist theatre and recovery nurses.