A treatment room and operating room at the Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. Photo courtesy of Hackensack University Medical Center.
Choosing the Right Surgeon for Body Contouring After Weight Loss: Surgical Team and Facility
My Bariatric Life: And what credentials and certifications should we look for in the rest of the surgical team?
Dr. Capella: The anesthesiologist should be board certified — and ask how often he or she has worked with the surgeon who is doing the procedure. And what’s important — but you may not be able to get this — is having a team who has done that procedure with the surgeon lots of times, too. That really helps. That’s why I like to go to the same hospital over and over again because many of the nurses have done this 50 or hundreds of times with me. And so then I can focus on my surgery rather than saying, “oh, did we get that suture?” or “oh, we don’t have that instrument.” Believe me, it’s a distraction. So ask the doctor if he or she is working with a surgical team on a very regular basis. If you could get that, it's fine tuning things, but that’s what I care about.
MBL: And what certifications should we look for in the surgical facility, such as an ambulatory center or in-office operating suite?
Dr. Capella: AAAASF is an organization that I was accredited with here when I had an office-based operating suite. There are other levels of accreditation, depending on what you’re doing. For example, JCAHO and AAAHC accredit free-standing surgical centers that are licensed by the state.
MBL: Are these office-based and ambulatory centers safe for big procedures?
Dr. Capella: There is less regulation regarding the procedures that are being performed in an out-patient setting. Anemia and the need for blood transufions always becomes a concern when dealing with larger cases. Most out-patient facilities don’t have the ability to provide a blood transfusion. You would prefer to avoid transferring the patient. So I’m happy being at the hospital because there’s never that issue there.
Continue to part 8 of the Interview with Dr. Joseph F. Capella.
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