Office Plastic Surgery & Anesthesia Safety
By Dr. Sutton Graham on April 18, 2008
The safety of both anesthesia care and surgical procedures has improved greatly in the past 25 years. The number and complexity of out-patient surgery across all surgical specialties has increased several fold. All surgery involves risks, but risk reduction is accomplished in many ways.
In 2007, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, 54% of all cosmetic procedures were performed in office surgical centers, and another 28% in out-patient surgical centers. That leaves only 17% having been done in hospitals. Surgical procedure statistics showed 8% increase from the prior year. (http://www.surgery.org/)
National accreditation is one important assessment of the dedication and quality of a office surgical facility. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities evaluates our facility(http://www.aaasf.org/). We undergo annual assessment requiring 100% compliance, including periodic inspection. The criteria are numerous, but include preoperative medical screening, availability of emergency equipment and medications, and advanced life support certification. These address some of the questions raised by recent media & public concern over safety issues in Florida, California, and NYC.
We offer full-time board-certified physician anesthesiologist care, in addition to our board-certified plastic surgeon. All our anesthesia is personally done by the anesthesia doctor. Dr. Graham concentrates on your surgery and is not responsible for also supervising a nurse anesthetist. Safety is an attribute of our practice. For other ways in which our practice is different, read our new website.
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"I am very pleased with Dr. Graham and his staff! They have been incredibly kind and helpful throughout my surgery. The post-op care has also been top notch! They always respond to my concerns right away, and I always feel well cared for, and listened to."Mary V.