FFS Surgery Process

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FFS SURGERY PROCESS

The FFS Surgery Process

FFS Surgery in Marbella

Here is a typical schedule of the Facialteam patient visiting Marbella for facial feminisation surgery.  Although the full FFS Surgery Process begins from the moment you begin your search for a facial gender surgeon and ends years afterwards when you may reflect on how facial gender affirming treatment has influenced your life, here is an outline of the usual length of a surgical visit in Spain for most FFS patients.

Information required before surgery

As part of our safety protocol, we ask our patients to send the following information at their earliest convenience;

ID: A copy of the photo page of your Passport or EU Identification document with your name, surname, I.D. number and birthdate clearly legible.

BLOOD ANALYSIS: A blood analysis dated within 90 days before the surgery. It’s important to request the following parameters: haemogram, coagulation, HIV, Hepatitis (B and C) and biochemistry: glucose, creatinine, and ions [Na, K y Cl, GPT(ALT), GOT(AST) and GGT].

TRAVEL RESERVATIONS: Copies of your reservations or provide the following:
Accommodations name, address, and if how many guests accompany you.
Full itinerary with flight numbers, arrival and departure dates/times. Málaga airport (AGP) is the closest international transport hub.

REFERRAL LETTER (IF APPLICABLE): From your counsellor, endocrinologist or other accredited practitioner to certify you have been provided with gender-affirming healthcare. (Ask for a template if needed). This is only to verify that your surgery is NOT subject to the cosmetic surgery tax.

COVID PROTOCOL: Spanish border authorities require proof of a negative PCR test result (the nasal swab) within the 72 hours before arriving in Spain. Incompliance may result in fines of up to €6,000 and deportation.

Your personal information is filed in our confidential database in accordance with Data Protection Policy, accessible only by authorised personnel. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Timeline for Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery in Marbella

2017
Jun 09

Day 1 – 2: Arrival & Preops

The trip between Málaga airport (AGP) and Marbella takes around 45 – 60 minutes, a round-trip taxi pre-arranged  for you with our select drivers (included in services). Transport for all your hospital appointments with Facialteam in Marbella is also organized for no additional fee.

Depending on your arrival time, you may come directly to the Facialteam in Marbella at HC Hospital where your preoperative tests and consultations take place. During this meeting with the surgeons you will confirm the treatment plan and discuss the procedures in fine detail. The patient coordinator will help you with the schedule during this week.

It may be helpful to buy some essentials before surgery. This will allow you to spend your post-operative time getting plenty of rest. It is very important that you do not eat or drink at least 8 hours before surgery. It is normal to be nervous before surgery, but try to take some time to relax.

Jun 09

Day 2 – 3: Surgery

You will meet with the surgeons prior to the surgery for pre-op planning. One hour before surgery, the patient coordinator will accompany you to Admissions. Immediately after surgery, a specially designed cooling mask is placed for the next 12 hours. After a few hours in observation, the patient is transferred to their private room.

The postoperative stay in hospital is usually 1 to 2 nights, depending on the extent of the surgery. Your companion can stay with you too. The surgeons, nurses, and the patient coordinator will be visiting you routinely during your stay in the hospital. Also, you will enjoy acupuncture treatment, lymphatic drainage massage and a visit from our psychologist to discuss your feelings after surgery or whatever emerges.

Jun 09

Days 3 – 4: Release from hospital

Leaving the Hospital. Our patients coordinators will make sure you have the essentials for a comfortable and safe recuperation.  If in our recommended accommodations, you will enjoy routine nursing care checkups to help with wound care and more.

Jun 09

Days 4 – 8: Resting & Checkups

In this period, you take it day by day. Check-ups will be scheduled either with nurses or at the hospital to monitor your healing. You will always be only one the touch of the phone away from a coordinator, 24 hours a day, as we will lend you a Spanish mobile phone if necessary. You will also have the opportunity to attend a group session with our psychologist.  Optionally, a private session with her is possible upon request in the case you feel the necessity.

Jun 09

Days 9 – 13: Release from Care

Final check-ups and departure. In this period, healing will show even more improvement.  You have passed the moment when most postop complications are likely to arise and will probably feel like getting out a bit more, albeit gently.  You have a release evaluation with the surgeons prior to leaving. A nurse will remove any stitches or bandages remaining and you will have the postop CT scan.

The patient coordinator will give you any authorizations and medical prescriptions needed and will confirm the time for your return to the airport.  She will also provide you with a copy of your clinical photos and X-rays as well as the surgical report.

Follow-ups. The Postop coordinator is at your service for up to 1 year after surgery, when you will receive a survey about your global experience.
Checkup video-consultations are remain available, just ask!

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