Summary: Choosing to have plastic surgery is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Before your surgery can ever take place, you’ll have to make multiple decisions. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing your plastic surgeon, and you should take the time to do your homework and select a surgeon who is board-certified and highly-experienced in performing the type of procedure you’re having done. Many people spend time carefully selecting their plastic surgeon but give little thought to where the procedure will be performed. Here’s a deeper look into why choosing an accredited plastic surgery center is so important.
1. Emergency Protocols Are in Place
Accredited surgery centers must have plans and preparations in place for a multitude of emergency situations that could occur, such as fire, tornado or other potential crises. Although it’s highly unlikely one of these would occur on your surgery day, there’s peace of mind in knowing a plan is in place in case of emergency.
2. Physician and Staff Credentials Are Checked Routinely
Accredited surgery centers are required to regularly check to see if anyone, including a plastic surgeon, has lapsed in their mandatory licensing requirements. Anyone who has will not be allowed to work within that facility. This helps to ensure that you’re in the most capable and competent hands during your procedure.
3. Drug, Medication and Supplies Are Up to Date
Surgical skill is important to your safety during your procedure, but the quality of the instruments, medications and medical supplies your doctors and nurses use is also important. As part of maintaining accreditation status, surgery centers must have protocols in place to routinely check the expiration dates and integrity of all medical supplies in their facilities including medications. Expired supplies present the possibility of infections and complications, so choosing an accredited surgery center further helps to ensure your procedure goes as safely and smoothly as possible.
4. Anesthesia Standards Are High
Anesthesia can be incredibly dangerous when administered improperly or incompetently. Accredited surgery centers have incredibly high standards for any anesthesiologists practicing in their facilities and there are standards in place to help ensure patient safety with the use of anesthesia.
5. Patient Rights and Responsibilities Are Clearly Displayed
Accredited facilities are required to display a clearly defined list of patient rights and responsibilities, and you should take the time to review it before your surgery day. This is not only important so you can know the commitment your surgery center is making to you and your safety, but also so you understand the role you play in ensuring a safe and successful procedure.
6. Incidents of Infections and Complications Are Monitored and Reported
Accredited surgery centers diligently monitor and report any incidents of infections, complications or other issues to the appropriate local authorities including the medical board and health department. This level of commitment to patient safety and quality of care is just one more important safeguard that choosing an accredited facility will give you as you have your procedure. The cost of the surgery center often represents a significant portion of the overall cost of a plastic surgery procedure. While it can be tempting to skimp and choose a cheaper surgery center, your health and safety shouldn’t be compromised for the sake of savings. The ability and willingness to perform your procedure in an accredited facility should be a must-have when choosing your plastic surgeon.