When news reports exposed that some surgeons were performing more than one surgery on patients at the same time, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) decided to update its guidelines. The update identifies when it is appropriate plastic surgeons to perform more than one surgery at the same appointment time.
The newest guidelines can be found in a larger document called Statements on Principles. The revision was released on April 12.
The newest update defines what should not occur:
“…the critical or key components of the procedures for which the primary attending surgeon is responsible are occurring all or in part at the same time. A primary attending surgeon’s involvement in concurrent or simultaneous surgeries on two different patients in two different rooms is not appropriate.”
These statements, especially when considering the definition of concurrent surgeries, confuse many people. Many plastic surgeons will schedule overlapping surgeries, and according to the ACS, this may be appropriate. When the “key or critical elements” from the first surgery are completed, it may be appropriate to start another surgery, as long as there is sufficient assistance from another qualified plastic or cosmetic surgeon.
Guidelines advise surgeons to tell their patients who will be assisting during the procedure. Professionals should be identified, as well as their qualifications. Patients have the right to know who will be caring for them before, during, and after the operation. This is especially true if the plastic surgeon they are expecting to perform the procedure may leave at any time, placing the patient in the hands of someone else.
Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York’s Commitment to Patient Trust
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, we are committed to earning our patients’ trust. We never want our patients to feel as though they are getting anything but the knowledge, skills, and expertise of their chosen plastic or cosmetic surgeon before, during, and after their procedure.
This is why we always review who will be performing and assisting during the procedure. There are never any surprises or secrets when it comes to your plastic or cosmetic surgery.
We understand this update from the ACS can cause some concern among people considering plastic surgery, which is why we invite anyone considering an aesthetic procedure to contact us for a free consultation. We want to tell you about the care we provide for plastic and cosmetic surgery patients, and answer any questions you may have.
Free consultations are available Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and on Saturdays until 6:00 PM. Our cosmetic and plastic surgeons are available for appointments at our Commack, Long Island and Manhattan offices. Simply give us a call to set up a time and location that is convenient for you.