Why You Should Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Last month, the highly publicized trial of doctor Peter Normann came to an end as he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the deaths of three of his patients who had died during procedures performed at his north valley liposuction clinic.
A tremendous amount of evidence came out during the trial of Dr. Normann including the facts that he was not a specialist in plastic surgery and didn’t have board certification. As well, his assistants had no medical background. His procedure room was not certified, and there was no anesthesiologist present during the procedures performed on the patients who had died.
While the deaths of these three individuals are tragic, the case has certainly shed light on the importance of carefully choosing a plastic surgeon. Evaluating certification, training, experience, and skill of a surgeon before scheduling a procedure is essential. As well, it’s vitally important to ask questions about the surgical center and medical assistants.
As with any medical procedure, unforeseen complications can occur during plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have undergone many years of education and training and are regulated by stringent guidelines to prevent unnecessary risk. Choosing to have a procedure performed by a surgeon without certification can greatly increase these risks. Unlicensed clinics typically have a lack of appropriate personnel and equipment.
In contrast, a professionally trained and certified plastic surgeon is highly skilled in identifying patients who may have a potential for problems. And, if a patient does have a complication, a trained and equipped surgeon is equipped to identify and resolve issues quickly and effectively.
Yes, it’s very important to seek out a board certified plastic surgeon to not only help you achieve your goals, but also to make sure that whatever procedure you choose is performed safely. Any cost savings achieved by choosing a surgeon who is not certified is simply not worth the risk!
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