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Reasons Why to Have Your Surgery at a Private Center Versus a Hospital

Last Friday, our Facebook Trivia question-answer session gathered reasons why it is safer to have surgery at an office-based setting versus a hospital. For starters, educated decision-making is required when considering plastic surgery. A question that comes to mind for many prospective surgical patients is, “Is it safe to have surgery at my doctor’s office versus a hospital?” The answer to this question is “yes” if proper standards and procedures are in place. In fact, it is the mission of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) to develop and implement standards of excellence to ensure the highest quality of patient care. The Association has developed an accreditation program that serves both the medical community and the public interest by establishing... Continue Reading

Reasons Why Jewelry Is Not Safe During Surgery

Last Friday, we asked our Facebook Fans to name a reason why jewelry should be removed before having surgery. I was happy to have received such excellent responses! Jewelry should be removed before having surgery for several reasons but here a few main reasons. The first one is that jewelry and body piercings increase the patient’s risk of surgical burns from the use of medical equipment during the surgical procedure. An electrocautery unit is used during surgery to help minimize and control bleeding and to achieve hemostasis. Electricity can travel to any metal on the body which is the reason why a grounding pad is used during surgery. However, to prevent the patient from receiving a “possible” burn from the current that comes from the... Continue Reading

What Should I Eat After Surgery?

Last Friday our trivia question pertained to the kinds of foods we should eat after surgery and we received excellent responses, so great job everyone! Remember, the process of surgery can be very draining on the body. Inadequate nutritional intake can negatively affect the quality of life by prolonging healing and recovery. This in turn leaves the patient susceptible to developing post-surgery complications. Proper nutrition is important for health and well-being. This is especially so when you are recovering from your surgery. Even family members have lots of questions to ask about what are the best foods they can prepare and give to their family member who has just had surgery. The nutritional goal for a person recovering from surgery is to ensure they eat... Continue Reading