PROFESSOR ANDREW R. KUCZMIERCZYK BA MSc PhD AFBPsS

Professor Andrew R. Kuczmierczyk is a Health Professions Council (HPC). Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Doctor of Orthopaedic Clinic Latvia | orthopaedicriga.co.uk

Registered Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of extensive clinical experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Behavioural Medicine. He has worked both in the USA and UK mainly specializing in the assessment and treatment of patients with chronic pain conditions and patients undergoing bariatric procedures. This may include helping patients more effectively manage accompanying anxiety, depression, difficulties in post-surgical psychosocial adjustment as well as improving the patient’s general quality of life.

LICENSURE:
Health Professions Council (PYL06021)
British Psychological Society (012452)
Chartered Clinical Psychologist (1994)
Chartered Health Psychologist (2007)
State of Louisiana, Licence #593

Clinical Psychology

Surgery can be a major life event depending on how serious it is or what it means to the patient. It is usually seen as stressful and can be demanding of the individual’s coping resources. A number of factors may increase the likelihood of vulnerability to psychological distress such as pre-surgical illness and upset, the actual surgery and its consequences, anaesthesia and hospitalisation, and potential post-operative difficulties and adjustment.

Patients with appreciable physical illness have at least twice the rate of psychiatric disorder found in the general population. Generally hospitalized surgical patients show higher levels of psychological distress than hospitalized medical patients.

How can a Clinical Psychologist help?

Surgical patients often find the support from a Clinical Psychologist helpful at three stages of the surgical process. Amongst others, the following types of support and intervention have been found through previous research and clinical practice to be helpful:

Stage 1. Pre-Surgery

· Management of pre-operative anxiety and worry
· Modifying negative thinking and improving low mood
· Learning cognitive-behavioural skills to cope more effectively with pain

Stage 2. Hospitalisation

· Coping with recovery from anaesthesia and potential associated distress
· Coping with ongoing discomfort and uncertainties
· Enhancing self-efficacy to manage post-operative pain, distress, and anxiety

Stage 3. Post-Operative Recovery

· Learning the art of activity pacing
· Managing expectations and frustration regarding temporary and potentially longer-term physical limitations
· Problem solving and goal setting

Session Structure

Each Individual session with the Psychologist lasts for 50 minutes. Where indicated or requested, Couples Therapy (50 minutes) or Family Therapy (90 minutes) is also offered. Patients meet with the Psychologist on a weekly basis or as needed depending on prior agreement and determination of needs. Psychological Consultation is also provided by SKYPE, telephone, and domiciliary visits.

Fee Structure
Initial Consultation (50 minutes)   £220
Individual Therapy session (50 minutes)    £200
Couples Therapy (50 minutes)   £180
Family Therapy (90 minutes)   £250
Skype   Negotiable
Phone Session   Negotiable
Domiciliary Visits   Negotiable

Discounted rates will apply for patients scheduling blocks of 6 sessions in advance.

For further information and/or to schedule an Initial consultation, please contact Professor Andrew Kuczmierczyk, HPC Registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist through the enquiry form or on +44 7722885950.



Procedure prices

Procedure   Surgery   Implant
Hip replacement   £ 2 980   from £ 1 440
Knee replacement   £ 2 980   £ 1 980
ACL reconstruction   £ 1 980   £ 340