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5 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

Published on February 24, 2016 by
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It’s a good idea to go to your first consultation with your plastic, reconstructive, and hand surgeon with questions in hand.

Your consultation is the time to get to know your surgeon. Not only do you want to ask questions about the procedure, see before and after photos and inquire about your results and other considerations, but you want to gauge your comfort level with your potential plastic surgeon.

It’s important to go to your appointment with a list of questions. This helps ensure you don’t forget to ask anything, and you get all of your questions answered. It also helps build a level of trust with your doctor.

Here is a list of five questions to ask your plastic surgeon. These are perhaps the most important, but feel free to add your own questions to the list before your consultation.

1. What Are Your Qualifications?

The trust between you and your plastic surgeon is vital. Ask about your doctor’s experience, especially with the procedure you are considering.

Ask about your doctor’s certifications. It is absolutely vital that your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and can speak to his or her training. If you are seeing the plastic surgeon for a hand injury/concern, it is very important that your plastic and hand surgeon be Fellowship trained in Hand Surgery as well as obtained the Sub-Specialty Certificate in Hand Surgery from the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

2. Have You Done This Procedure?

You want to know if your doctor is skilled in the procedure you’re considering. This helps you feel confident that you’ve chosen the right surgeon.

3. What Are the Potential Risks?

Surgery comes with the potential for complications. Your doctor should thoroughly explain these to you.

If your doctor promises you a risk-free procedure, this should give you pause, as there is no such surgery.

Make sure you leave your appointment knowing the possible risks and complications so you can make your decision.

4. Where Will You Do the Surgery?

You want to know where your surgery will take place. Will it be in the doctor’s office, certified surgery center or a local hospital? Will your doctor have the best instruments and staff as well as access to emergency medical attention?

You deserve the highest standard of safety and technical expertise. Dr. Conrad Tirre utilizes only hospital facilities so that his patient’s have the best care available at all times.

In addition, ask your doctor who they will use for anesthesia. To further ensure the highest standard of safety for your procedure, find out if the people providing your anesthesia are properly credentialed and supervised by a board certified anesthesiologist.

5. Do You Have Hospital Privileges?

If you need to be admitted to the hospital, it’s good know if your plastic surgeon can continue treating you. You will feel more comfortable because he or she knows your medical history and the specifics of your procedure.

Your Consultation Checklist

You’ll have the best results from your plastic surgery if you have open communication with your plastic surgeon as you both work to achieve your realistic goals.

To help you both determine whether plastic surgery is the right choice for you, here is a checklist of questions to ask at your consultation:

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • If you are having hand surgery performed, are you Fellowship trained and do you have your Sub-Specialty Certificate in Hand Surgery?
  • Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?

In Summary

Plastic, reconstructive, and hand surgery involves many choices. The most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust.

When you come to your consultation, bring these questions with you, along with any others you might have. You can expect your surgeon to answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to make a final decision about your plastic, reconstructive, and hand surgery.

To request a consultation with Dr. Conrad Tirre to discuss your options, call 303-832-3965.

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