Advances in technology and surgical approaches have made plastic and reconstructive surgery safer than ever before. Despite these advances, all surgical procedures carry some degree of risk and uncertainty. If you’re considering any kind of gender affirming surgery, there are a variety of steps that you should take in advance to minimize these risks.
If you’re considering surgery, you should always seek the expertise of a board certified plastic surgeon. Board certified plastic surgeons must complete several years of training within the field of plastic surgery and are bound by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to uphold the highest standards of quality and safety.
If you are unsure of your physician’s credentials, you can check the American Board of Medical Specialties website (abms.org).
All board certified plastic surgeons must perform surgical procedures in accredited surgery centers. To be accredited, a surgery center must meet strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety, and surgeon credentials. Also, there are standards in accredited centers for fire safety and electrical power back-up.
As a result, accredited facilities have an excellent record of patient safety. By choosing both a board certified plastic surgeon and an accredited surgery center for your surgery, you can ensure:
Accredited surgery centers are certified by Medicare, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), or the Joint Commission of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
Choosing the right surgeon isn’t the only essential component to achieving a safe and successful surgery. Ultimately, the success of your procedure is a team effort. You can contribute by discussing your medical history and your desired outcomes with your surgeon.
Prior to your procedure, you will have a physical exam. During this process, there will be the opportunity to discuss current or past medical conditions, as well as medications or supplements you may be taking. You will also have the chance to discuss your goals at length. If you censor or neglect to mention important information regarding your health, you may increase your risk of complications.
Ensuring a safe and successful surgery is our number one goal. In addition to years of training and expertise in the fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery, our surgeons are long-standing members of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
All surgeries are performed with a board-certified anesthesiologist, and our surgeons maintain privileges at several local San Francisco hospitals and surgery centers:
Providing proper post-operative care is also essential to a healthy recovery. For this reason, our surgeons perform all post-surgical evaluations personally rather than a nurse or other health care provider. This gives them the opportunity to identify and immediately intervene on any issues that may occur after surgery.