What experience does the doctor have in performing this procedure? Ask what training has been completed, especially in new techniques, as well as how often he or she performs the procedure. Ask when the doctor most recently performed this procedure.
What are the possible risks? There are risks with any surgical procedure. Ask your doctor to outline and discuss what they are, how often they occur, and how they will be handled if they do occur. If the doctor does not openly discuss the risks and complications associated with the procedure or says that there are no risks, seek another opinion.
What is the expected recovery for the procedure? Important points to discuss are postoperative restrictions on activity and typical time periods for resuming work and social activities.
How much will the surgery cost? Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly. Because it is elective, cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by insurance, and payment is required in advance. Costs include the surgeon's fee and fees for the surgical facility and anesthesia. Other possible costs are the preoperative physical and blood work, medications, surgical garments, and private-duty nursing. While it is tempting to "bargain shop", the training, certification, and experience of your surgeon are the most important factors in the success of your surgery. Select your surgeon with careful consideration; this is not an area for compromise.
The Face & Body Center|
of Plastic & Hand Surgery Associates
Riverchase Medical Suites
2550 Flowood Drive
Flowood, MS 39232