How to get a Consultation
Your first consultation will take place in Mr Asimakopoulos’s out-patients clinic. If you are an NHS patient, you will need to be referred by your cardiologist. You will usually have already undergone several investigations such as an echocardiogram of your heart, a coronary angiogram and blood tests. The results of these investigations will be known to Mr Asimakopoulos so that he can plan your treatment.
If you are a Private patient, you won’t necessarily need a referral by a cardiologist but may need authorisation by your insurance company. An out-patients appointment can be arranged through Mr Asimakopoulos’s Private Secretary.
In the out-patients clinic the the most appropriate treatment for you will be discussed with you, as Mr Askimakopoulos will have studied the results of your investigation before seeing you. The meeting will give him the opportunity to get to know you, find out more information about your symptoms and will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have before a treatment plan is made. Sometimes, further investigations are necessary and will be planned after the consultation.
Should it be decided that surgery is indicated, you will be able to discuss the reasons, the technique involved, the benefits and the risks of the procedure. You will also be able to discuss the anticipated length of stay in the hospital and what you should expect during the the recovery period.
Specialising in Aortic Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
and Re-do procedures.
The most likely procedures you will be having under Mr Asimakopoulos are Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), Aortic Valve Surgery, Surgery of the Aortic Root and Ascending Aorta or combinations of these procedures. Your name will be placed on his NHS waiting list, or a procedure will be arranged as a private patient and his PA will liaise with you regarding your hospital admission on the planned date.
Sometimes, Mr Asimakopoulos will meet patients who do not require surgery in the immediate future. Such patients might stay under his care for follow-up appointments or they might be referred to another colleague if appropriate.
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Your first consultation will take place in the out-patient clinic. If you are an NHS patient you will need to have been referred by your cardiologist. Private patients may need authorisation from private medical insurance.