Patients often wonder what to expect following surgery. This is perfectly natural and with 20 years + experience in surgical management we know how to help you achieve the best possible outcome following your bespoke and individualised surgical procedure.

We know the importance of a patient being able to enjoy the ultimate peace of mind. We make sure you have knowledge at every stage of your healing journey in relation to what to expect and the part you play in assisting your recovery and importantly, what you should not do i.e. exercise, heavy lifting etc.

These frequent interactions and ongoing access to expert care ensures any issues or concerns are managed quickly and appropriately. The process typically involves the following aftercare for your ultimate peace of mind:

  • Patient discharged on the day of the procedure with the reassurance of this robust care package:
    • written instructions
    • medications and / or a private prescription for medication
    • our 24-hour emergency telephone number which is managed by one of our own, fully trained and qualified Staff Nurses who will be able to provide advice as needed and / or escalate to the Consultant for their input if needed.
  • Next day telephone call from our qualified and experienced Staff Nurse to check that you are comfortable which also affords an opportunity to chat about any arising concerns or additional questions.
  • An in-person review appointment, usually for 7 days’ time, dependant on the type of surgery, to remove dressings and receive new advice on how best to assist your recovery and manage the healing process in a bid to minimise any scarring and shorten the healing timeframe.
  • Further nurse and consultant review appointments as deemed necessary by the Consultant, particular to your surgery and healing. Dependant on the type of surgery you have had and how you are healing these appointments are made as deemed necessary and can be required for 6 months or more.
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Meet the Fitzwilliam Team

Our team of consultant surgeons and anaesthetists are on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council and in possession of Certificates of Completion of Training.

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Michael McBride FRCS (Plast)

Mr Michael McBride's specialist interests are in aesthetic surgery, lower limb reconstruction, hands, peripheral nerve surgery, facial palsy, abdominal wall, and perineal reconstruction.

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Nicholas Hodgins FRCS (Plast)

Mr Nicholas Hodgins is a fully accredited Consultant Plastic Surgeon currently working within the Plastic Surgery departments of the Ulster and Royal Victoria Hospitals.

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Stephen Sinclair FRCS (Plast) MD

Mr Sinclair was appointed a NHS Consultant Plastic Surgeon in 1999 and has a well established reputation in the private sector as a leading cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon.

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Harry Lewis FRCS (Plast)

Mr Harry Lewis graduated as an M.D. from Queen’s University Belfast in 1989 and completed his plastic surgery training in Belfast before completing the Plastic Surgery intercollegiate speciality exam FRCS (Plast).

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Serena Martin FRCS (Plast)

Miss Serena Martin is a fully accredited plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon and is on the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register for plastic surgery.

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Alastair Brown FRCS (Plast)

Mr Alastair Brown is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon based at the Ulster Hospital, Belfast. He is Programme Director, responsible for the training of Plastic Surgeons in Northern Ireland.

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Shakeel Dustagheer FRCS (Plast)

Mr Dustagheer completed his medical studies at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 2002.  His early surgical training took place in Northern Ireland.

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Andrew Robinson FRCS (Plast)

Mr Robinson graduated from Queens University Belfast in July 2006 with an honours degree achieving multiple distinctions throughout his undergraduate degree.

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Andrew Kennedy MD FRCS FRCSI

Mr Andrew Kennedy is an Upper GI Surgeon based in the Royal Victoria Hospital, specialising in all types of hernia repair to include inguinal and groin hernia at Fitzwilliam Clinic.

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Alastair Lewis FRCS

Mr Alastair Lewis was appointed a consultant vascular surgeon in 2007. He now works full time in private practice specialising exclusively in the management of venous disease. He is widely regarded as an authority on the non-surgical management of all types of varicose veins.

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Colin Weir MD FRCS

Mr Colin Weir is a Consultant surgeon with a specialist interest in vascular disease and varicose veins.