Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Plastic Surgery
If you're thinking about getting cosmetic surgery, it's your job to become an informed consumer. Selecting a qualified doctor, with a lot of training and experience in the procedure you'd like to get, is essential.
Ask the right questions to get the best treatment:
Check out your doctor's credentials
If you're thinking about having your surgery in the doctor's office, there are advantages and disadvantages. The office might be convenient, private, and have more amenities than a hospital or ambulatory care center (non-emergency, outpatient facility). But it may not be safe. Don't assume that the doctor has the right credentials or the right equipment to keep you safe in the office.
In many states, a ny doctor with a valid medical license who's in private practice can legally perform surgery. So some doctors are doing surgery outside of their specialty, like an eye doctor performing breast implant surgery. Depending on the state, doctors in private practice don't need to meet the same legal requirements as a hospital or accredited ambulatory care center for surgery or anesthesia services.
It's also important that if you choose to go to an ambulatory care center, that it's accredited. Contact these organizations to find out your doctor's education, licensure, and board certification in addition to the doctor's or ambulatory care center's accreditation:Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAHC)
Phone : 847/853.6060
Internet : www.aaahc.org/accreditation/search.shtml
Accredits physician offices with surgical facilities.
American Association for Accreditation of
Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF)
American Society of Plastic
Surgeons (ASPS)/ The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
Federation of State Medical Boards (FCVS)
Last Editorial Review: 7/12/2005
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