Bring medical history, list of questions into pre-surgery consultation
December 18, 2010
A trip to the plastic surgeon’s office should be no different than visiting any other medical specialist. Plastic surgery may be mainly elective, but the procedures still require an extensive discussion with one's surgeon in advance of the treatment. Patients may not know what to bring up during a consultation, but according to the women's health website EmpowHer.com, there are several important issues to touch on.
Experts say that one of the most crucial steps in preparing for a consultation is to make a list of pertinent questions. Patients who have questions detailed in advance will not freeze up or forget them when the surgeon asks them about any concerns.
Additionally, prospective patients should bring their medical history with them to pre-operation visits. Although it does not have to be an official document, having a comprehensive history can help prevent complications and gives the doctor a full picture.
A notepad is a must as well, the website suggests, because remembering everything he or she says may not be as easy as one might think. Jotting down the issues covered will likely come in handy.
Most important, however, is that the surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery, answers your questions and makes you feel comfortable. Find a Surgeon or Ask a Surgeon on the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s website.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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