Calf Implants is performed to increase fullness in the calf for patients who either have a congenital condition or who cannot achieve the result they desire by going to the gym.
During your initial consultation with Dr Ritz, he will discuss the procedure with you, pre operatively, what happens during the surgery and your post operative care, and any risks or complications involved, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. Your calves will be assessed, and measured, he will discuss with you your expectations and desired outcome. It is important you understand your options so you can make the right decision about your surgery. The main things you need to consider are your current size and shape, and what realistic outcome you can expect, the implant shape and size and the incision site. You will have the opportunity to look at some different samples of implants, and try some ‘sizers’ that you can put into a stocking to show how different sizes will look.
You will have another consultation about 2 weeks prior to your procedure, to discuss the surgery again and answer any further questions you may have.
During the surgery
On the day of surgery you will admit anywhere from 30 mins-2 hours prior to surgery depending on the hospital you are at, Dr Ritz will see you again and draw pre operative markings on you , the anaesthetist will also speak to you. An incision is made in the natural crease behind the knee and a pocket is created where the implant will be placed, the implant is placed over the muscle and the wound is sutured and dressed.
You will go home with compression stockings and then come back for an appointment 1 week later.
Post operative care
You are unable to drive for the first 2 weeks, you are also limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym for the first 6 weeks.
How long does the surgery take?
Approximately 1 hour.
Can I do it just as a day case?
Yes it is usually done as day surgery, patients can have the option to stay overnight, it depends on the person and can be discussed at the time of consultation.
How long do I have to take off work?
Approximately 2 weeks, depending on what you do for work.
When can I drive?
After 2 weeks.
How long until I can exercise?
Usually not until at least 6 weeks post operatively.
Can I choose what implant and size I want?
Yes, with the help of the Dr Ritz, he will advise what he feels is best suited to you.
Are the implants in there permanently?
No, they are a foreign body and usually have to be changed, some patients they do last longer than others but we say at approximately 10-15 years.
How much does the surgery cost?
It depends on what is required, the type of implant chosen and hospital and anaesthetic fees, please contact us for a rough quote.