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I went to the GP today as I've got a problem with my eye, the condition is called ptosis and it basically means that the muscle which controls the eyelid is weak and so it tends to droop over the eye. As well as looking crap, it's pretty annoying as I don't have full vision out of my left eye.

When it came to choosing consultant, she told me that she was unable to pick an individual; you only get a choice of hospitals. This is all v.well but I'd quite happily travel up to Scotland if it mean getting somebody that knew what they were doing. Competence is way more important than geography, or waiting times.

Given my experiences with NHS dentists I'm now a little wary of the system, I certainly won't go with what is offered if I believe that it's more likely going to result in net damage.

Has anyone any experiences with this sort of thing? I've never had an op in my life so it's all pretty new.

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Your choice will be between local hospitals - I don't know how you'd be allowed to go to the other end of the country.

There should be some stats somewhere but short of googling or ringing round for info on surgeons (which you wn't get I don't reckon) then gawd knows.

Pick your nearest hospital unless it's always in the paper for killing people or chopping feet off when they shouldn't.

You have to see your consultant at least once before you're discharged - if you're lucky it will be at the meeting before and after!

I have a vague memory of the anaestatist visiting when I was there.

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I went to the GP today as I've got a problem with my eye, the condition is called ptosis and it basically means that the muscle which controls the eyelid is weak, and so it tends to droop over the eye. As well as looking crap, it's pretty annoying as I don't have full vision out of my left eye.

When it came to choosing consultant, she told me that she was unable to pick an individual; you only get a choice of hospitals. This is all v.well but I'd quite happily travel up to Scotland if it mean getting somebody that knew what they were doing. Competence is way more important than geography, or waiting times.

Given my experiences with NHS dentists I'm now a little wary of the system, I certainly won't go with what is offered if I believe that it's more likely going to result in net damage.

Has anyone any experiences with this sort of thing? I've never had an op in my life so it's all pretty new.

I've had a range of treatments/ops from the NHS over the years, ranging from the trivial (kidneystones/hernia) to the serious (broken bone/bladder cancer). Been in many times. My wife has had other lesser things done.

I have always had good and effective actual treatment, delivered sympathetically. I rate the NHS highly.

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NHS surgeons are pretty good, sure they may mess up sometimes but they are human, I've been put back together several times by them after various beatings nose breakings etc.

My biker friends all rate them highly as 4 of them have been in intensive care from the NHS after various crashes, I've never been hospitalised from a bike crash though, I bounce.

If you don't trust them there is always Lo dah Sah hospital in HK people will fly in from all around the world to get surgery done there the 100K bill may offend you though. As there is no socialised medicine for non citizens only absolute emergency care.

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Just remove the whole eyelid yourself.

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NHS surgeons are pretty good, sure they may mess up sometimes but they are human, I've been put back together several times by them after various beatings nose breakings etc.

My biker friends all rate them highly as 4 of them have been in intensive care from the NHS after various crashes, I've never been hospitalised from a bike crash though, I bounce.

If you don't trust them there is always Lo dah Sah hospital in HK people will fly in from all around the world to get surgery done there the 100K bill may offend you though. As there is no socialised medicine for non citizens only absolute emergency care.

I've had a look at a few cosmetic sugeons and would consider going private, but these guys tend to be jack of all trades, also there's no mention of the specific condition; just the hollywood style rejuvination procedure. I'm not old enough to need that yet.

I'm sure I could get it done for a little less than £100k in the private sector though.

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Have a search on the internet and find a surgeon that does the work you need. Look for people who speak at conferences on the topic, publish research etc.

Then book at their hospital. Ask your doctor to write to their secretary.

If that doesn't work talk to the PALs at their hospital and see how you get referred to the right person.

Good luck. We did something similar when my husband needed a heart operation.

Sometimes you can pay to see someone "good", and then get a referral straight to them after using the NHS. I've also done this but it takes some insisting with my PCT.

If there is a charity or patients group in the UK who specialise in that eye condition they may have a forum you can ask on or have other ideas on who to is/avoid.

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Have a search on the internet and find a surgeon that does the work you need. Look for people who speak at conferences on the topic, publish research etc.

Then book at their hospital. Ask your doctor to write to their secretary.

If that doesn't work talk to the PALs at their hospital and see how you get referred to the right person.

Good luck. We did something similar when my husband needed a heart operation.

Sometimes you can pay to see someone "good", and then get a referral straight to them after using the NHS. I've also done this but it takes some insisting with my PCT.

If there is a charity or patients group in the UK who specialise in that eye condition they may have a forum you can ask on or have other ideas on who to is/avoid.

That's great advice, thanks. I'll do just that.

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Find out how long they've been doing it and how often.

What`s that got to do with being a good surgeon ?

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Your choice will be between local hospitals - I don't know how you'd be allowed to go to the other end of the country.

There should be some stats somewhere but short of googling or ringing round for info on surgeons (which you wn't get I don't reckon) then gawd knows.

Pick your nearest hospital unless it's always in the paper for killing people or chopping feet off when they shouldn't.

You have to see your consultant at least once before you're discharged - if you're lucky it will be at the meeting before and after!

I have a vague memory of the anaestatist visiting when I was there.

You can go anywhere in the country - at your own expense for the travelling, and no visitors if it's far from home. Best to choose a teaching hospital, with a medical school attached, as they attract the best surgeons.

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