QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE HAVING SURGERY

Before undergoing any surgery, you should ask your doctor how to prepare and what to expect afterward. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (www.plasticsurgery.org) says you need to communicate your goals and expectations to your plastic surgeon. And, of course, you should choose someone who is board certified by a reputable association such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and who has a good amount of training and experience….

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Recovery is another important aspect of surgery. Ask your surgeon:



Your surgeon should also give you an accurate breakdown of the costs of the cosmetic surgery. You need to know whether your health insurance company will cover it. Be aware geography makes a significant difference in surgery costs.

QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE HAVING SURGERY


Visit the American College of Surgeons’ website at www.facs.org and review the surgical patient education program. There are many educational brochures for patients that answer common questions. If the surgery is elective, carefully evaluate all other options before proceeding. Although rare, not all elective surgeries have the desired outcome.

DR. WESLEY W. JOHNSON

Dr. Wesley W. Johnson completed his family practice residency at the University of Kentucky in November 2004, joining Family Practice Associates of Lexington in December 2004. Dr. Johnson’s particular interests include chronic disease management, pediatrics and aviation medicine.

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Before undergoing any surgery, you should ask your doctor how to prepare and what to expect afterward. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (www.plasticsurgery.org) says you need to communicate your goals and expectations to your plastic surgeon. And, of course, you should choose someone who is board certified by a reputable association such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and who has a good amount of training and experience doing the particular surgery you’ve chosen.


What questions should you ask your surgeon? First you should determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure and if your goals are achievable. Are you healthy enough to undergo surgery? Are there potential complications you should be aware of? What risks could arise during or after the surgery? Ask how many times the surgeon has done this kind of operation and find out if he or she is trained in the most current techniques. Also, if having cosmetic surgery, check out before-and-after pictures of procedures the surgeon has performed. Ask: