Patient safety is one of the most critical issues faced by healthcare providers, and it should be of utmost importance to both surgeons and patients. Preventing complications is crucial in cosmetic surgery. Patients must do their homework to find a reliable, qualified surgeon who specializes in the cosmetic procedure that is going to be performed.
If you are a patient looking for a cosmetic surgeon, it is important to ask the right questions to increase your chances of safety:
Is the surgeon certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery?
Has the surgeon completed a minimum of five years of surgical training, and at least two years in cosmetic surgery?
Does the surgeon specialize in the cosmetic surgery procedures you are requesting?
How did the surgeon train in the procedures you are requesting?
For how long has the surgeon performed the procedures you are requesting?
Does the surgeon obey a rigorous code of ethics?
Does the surgeon only operate in qualified medical facilities?
Does the surgeon complete required continuing education, including patient safety innovations and standards?
Choosing the right Cosmetic Surgeon
Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon is a choice that will be with you for years. Successful procedures by qualified surgeons will have a profound effect on your physical persona and confidence. However, a botched procedure performed by an unqualified surgeon, not only leads to additional cost, time, and disappointment but can have a negative effect on your health.
It is important for patients to realize that medical licensure by state medical boards allows physicians to perform procedures in their offices that they are not necessarily qualified to perform. Due to changes in health insurance reimbursement, there is an increase in the number of doctors who are not properly trained in cosmetic surgery performing such procedures in their offices for greater profits. It is not required under state law for a surgeon to be trained specifically in the procedures offered by that surgeon. Instead, it is hospitals that properly credential surgeons for the procedures they can safely perform based on their fellowship training and board certifications. Hence, patients should ensure that their surgeon maintains hospital privileges for the procedures that they seek.
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery focuses exclusively on the advanced training, certification, and education in the field of cosmetic surgery.
Another important factor to consider is the operating facility. The operating facility itself also plays a major role in patient safety. Patient safety in an operating theater includes everything from proper sanitation, certified surgical assistants, circulating nurses, anesthesia providers, and the recovery room staff. �Ask your surgeon about the anesthetist who will be taking care of you. Make sure they are either a board certified Anesthesiologist (MDA) or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). An accredited surgical center is also properly equipped with emergency life support systems and transport mechanisms. Once your surgeon tells you where your surgery will be performed, research that surgical facility’s accreditation level�AAAASF, AAAHC, and JCAHO are national certification levels that you should consider.