In recent years the popularity of plastic surgery has made the practice commonplace. These days, cosmetic surgery is not only reserved for the rich and famous, but is available to many more. Consequently, cosmetic surgery procedures are more popular than ever before. In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards performing surgery in ambulatory surgery centers. This trend, along with an increasing number of physicians and other healthcare personnel performing cosmetic surgery, has raised serious concerns regarding safety standards and patient care quality.
What is Ambulatory Surgery?
Ambulatory surgery means surgery that is performed on a patient who then leaves for home that same day. Most cosmetic surgery, such as breast augmentation and lift, liposuction, or even nose-job or facelift, can be done today for healthy patients in ambulatory surgery centers.
Is having surgery at an Ambulatory Surgery Center safe?
Today, with the tremendous advances in science and technology, surgery and anesthesia have become very safe. So safe, in fact, that with specific accreditation by the appropriate governing bodies, we can now perform surgery in Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Our center, Kaufman Ambulatory Surgery, is fully accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). This ensures that all of our patients get the utmost in patient safety and surgical care. AAAASF conducts an accreditation program that certifies that an accredited facility meets nationally recognized standards of excellence in surgical and medical care.
Kaufman Ambulatory Surgery Center accredited by AAAASF
What kind of surgery can be done in an Ambulatory Surgery Center?
Many different surgical procedures can be done on an ambulatory basis, some under sedation with regional or local anesthesia, but also some under general anesthesia. For example, breast augmentation or reduction, breast lift, liposuction, are body contouring procedures that can be done on an ambulatory basis. Many facial procedures such as facelift, browlift, eyelid lifts, and rhinoplasty can also be done with sedation and local anesthesia as well, and are all done on an ambulatory basis.
How does a doctor’s office get accredited by AAAASF?
It’s actually a voluntary process, that is very extensive and rigorous. The accreditation process ensures that all standards and operating procedures that are strictly adhered to at top hospitals are followed in medical office. From anesthesia machinery and surgical hardware, to electricity and engineering, as well as construction and design, and even administrative and legal issues – the office is basically one mini-hospital.
How do you decide what type of anesthesia is used?
Before any surgical procedure we do a thorough medical evaluation, and define specific goals for cosmetic improvement. The best surgical candidates are generally healthy with realistic expectations. Then, with careful consultation with our Board certified anesthesiologist, we decide on what type of anesthesia that we will use. Safety is our number one concern.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kaufman call Discreet Plastic Surgery at 718-705-9025 or 212-444-9095. Dr. Daniel Kaufman, Board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, will be able to answer your questions and concerns.