When choosing a surgeon to perform your cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, you should want someone who makes patient safety a priority. The first place to start is with an evaluation of a surgeon’s training and certification. The goal of plastic surgery residency programs is to graduate plastic surgeons who have the experience and judgment to provide surgical care to patients in a safe and competent manner. By the time a plastic surgeon has completed their surgical training, they have done thousands of surgeries, and had extensive experience with different medical and surgical issues.
Only plastic surgeons can be certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties through the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery validates that a plastic surgeon has met rigorous requirements for education, training and ethical standards. Learn more about the importance of choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon at “The American Board of Plastic Surgery” (www.abplasticsurgery.org). There is nothing comparable to board certification in plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons are required to participate in continuing medical education each year which includes on-going training in patient safety. Members of the elite American Society of Plastic Surgeons also adhere to a strict code of ethics that always puts the interest of the patient above all else. Learn more at (www.plasticsurgery.org). Dr. Bhatt is Board—Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
When choosing a plastic surgeon, it is important to evaluate the facility where your surgery will be performed. Any significant surgery should be performed in a certified surgical facility such as a licensed surgery center or a hospital. This will ensure that properly trained anesthesiologists and nurses are available to provide the perioperative care that is needed to ensure your safety. You should ask your surgeon where they have hospital privileges. Hospitals are also committed to patient safety. In order to obtain privileges at a hospital, a surgeon’s credentials must be reviewed by a special hospital committee that will evaluate their training, board certification, malpractice history, and review their state medical license for any restrictions. A criminal background check will also be performed. During your consultation, be sure to ask the surgeon if they have privileges at local hospitals. Dr. Bhatt uses only accredited Operating Rooms with Board—Certified Anesthesiologists, and maintains hospital privileges at the INOVA hospital systems in Northern Virginia near Washington, DC.