Patient safety is the prevention of errors and adverse effects to patients associated with health care.

Questions to ask your Plastic Surgeon :

Here is a brief checklist of questions you can ask your surgeon during the consultation. This is important to ensure your safety and satisfaction while contemplating a plastic surgical procedure :

  • Are you a member of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India?
  • 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?
  • How many procedures of this type have you performed?
  • 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?

Important facts :

Plastic surgical procedures may require sedation or general anesthesia. Therefore, a full medical history including diagnostic tests is recommended. Part of this medical history requires that you provide candid answers to questions about your general state of health, including :

  • A full disclosure of health history including any illness, prior surgery of any kind and complications from prior surgery
  • All types of allergies and any reaction to prior anesthesia
  • Current medications, the use of vitamins, alcohol, tobacco etc
  • The use of oral contraceptives by women

  • Before surgery, you must follow all of your plastic surgeon's instructions. This may include :

  • Cessation of smoking
  • Stop taking certain types of medications that may increase your risk of abnormal bleeding
  • On the day of surgery, you may be asked to :

  • Avoid eating or drinking anything within a defined time period prior to surgery

Follow all the postoperative instructions carefully. Your cooperation will influence the outcome of your surgery.