How Should I Choose My Surgeon?
It is very important that potential plastic surgery patients choose a surgeon and doctor that they can trust. Patients should also make sure the physician is well qualified as well. Here are a few sample questions patients should ask when looking for a plastic surgeon:
- Have you successfully passed rigorous written and oral examinations administered by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada?
- Are you board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada?
- Have you completed at least five years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of two years of plastic surgery residency training?
- Have you completed post medical training, including patient safety training each year?
- Have you preformed surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities?
- Do you follow a strict code of ethics?
If your prospective surgeon has passed all requisite tests and completed recommended surgical training, is board-certified, and follows rigorous safety standards and a physician code of ethics, he or she may be the right surgeon to perform your procedure.
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