Published research and data indicate that the safety records for accredited office-based facilities are similar to hospital ambulatory surgery settings. As anyone planning surgery should, patients who intend to undergo cosmetic surgical procedures at an office-based operating room should always verify that their surgeon and the operating room facilities meet stringent requirements.
To begin with, the plastic surgeon should be Board Certified by a Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery) and have privileges at an accredited hospital near their office-based surgical center. In addition, provisions for hospital admission should be in place well before any surgery begins in case unexpected complications develop. Registered nurses must be on hand to monitor any sedation; if general anesthesia is planned, it should be administered by board certified anesthesiologists or certified registered nurse anesthetists. Both a doctor and a registered nurse should be on site until the patient has recovered, and discharge should be the decision of the responsible surgeon.
The facility itself must also be state licensed, and based on the state, accredited by a respected accrediting agency like the American Society for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Its operating room equipment should be on par with that used at a hospital, and the facility must have a separate recovery area with appropriate monitoring equipment.
Dr. Shahram Salemy, a multi-award-winning plastic surgeon adds there are additional and different factors that add up to a successful cosmetic surgery experience, whether in a freestanding facility or in an operating room within the surgeon’s office. Though it took a considerable amount of time and effort, Dr. Salemy recently successfully built a new state of the art operating room in his medical office because it proved more comfortable and convenient for his patients, and his patients preferred having the privacy and anonymity they would otherwise not enjoy in a hospital or surgery center. “Creating a comfortable and effective operating room was ultimately done with our patients in mind,” explains Dr. Shahram Salemy. “Having such a facility on site is a tremendous responsibility. The operating room must meet or exceed standards at both the national and state levels and within the plastic surgery community. While it takes considerable effort, it’s worth it because it offers increased comfort, convenience and privacy for patients.”
A board certified plastic surgeon with offices in Seattle and Richland, Washington, Dr Salemy strives to provide every patient with outstanding results in a safe, confidential environment. He offers an array of cosmetic procedures, including facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation and body contouring.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Salemy, call (206) 467-1101 or email the Seattle office.