- Thoroughly investigate your potential doctor. Not just Board Certification (ABPS.org) but state and hospital credentials.
- Take a friend / spouse / relative with you to the consultation and compare notes later.
- Turn your intuition on HIGH when you visit a new office. Keep on the lookout for things that don’t “feel” right.
- Make certain you fully understand (do not assume) the surgical plan including the procedure, the benefits, the alternatives, the discomfort level, the recovery, the possible problems, and the comprehensive fees.
- Have a backup plan if something goes wrong. Resolve to seek a second opinion after two failed attempts to give you results you expected.
- TAKE A CHILD WITH YOU TO THE CONSULTATION.
- Have surgery with a doctor who is too important to talk to you personally or one who “tells” you what you need without asking what you “want”.
- Be impressed with the “wall candy”. Studies have shown that in the presence of an “Expert” some important parts of your brain responsible for decisions can turn off.
- Take the recommendation of a plastic surgeon from your family or friends without doing your own investigation. This advice can be very dangerous.
- Consider any procedure that you cannot fully understand the benefits, the risks and the alternatives.
- Have a surgical procedure in a facility until you have checked on the facility credentials. Remember some office OR’s are built because the doctor is not qualified to work at a hospital.
- Assume that the State, Government, Boards, Attorneys, Hospitals, Associations or Certifications are “looking out for you”.
They’re Not! YOU HAVE TO DO IT YOURSELF.