Weighing protocol

Hello, I have a small question. Before surgery I am aware I will need to be weighed; in the past I have had issues with knowing my weight. Is there a way I could be blind weighed? Or step on the scale backwards? It's a strange phobia but it will make me more comfortable.

Nasrin July 28th, 2016 QLD

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    Dr. Raymond Goh

    Raymond Goh

    123 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    Queensland, Australia

    Hi Nasrin.
    It is true that most pre-surgery assessment protocols will include measurements of height, weight, and vital signs; however, I am sure you can request that they (pre-surgery staff) do not tell you the weight unless it was clinically relevant. It won't be an unreasonable request.
    All the very best.
    Dr Ray GohValley Plastic Surgery
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    Mr Eddie Cheng

    Eddie Cheng

    11 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    Queensland, Australia

    Hi Nasrin,
    The dosage of anaesthetic agent given by the anaesthetist is dependent on your weight. Pre-operative nursing staff usually measure your weight prior to your surgery.  Nursing staff are generally very helpful and will try to assist you to reduce your preoperative anxiety. I am sure if you let them know about your phobia they will try their best not to tell you your weight.
    All the best with your up coming surgery
    CheersDr Eddie ChengAR Plastic Surgery
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     Robert Drielsma

    Robert Drielsma

    191 answers

    Plastic Surgeon
    New South Wales, Australia

    Thanks for your question.  Its perfectly okay to ask the staff not to disclose your weight to you.  You can make a written request on your hospital admission paperwork but it would be wise to also communicate your request directly to the person taking your measurements.