Almost everyone has heard that they should look for board certification when seeking out an aesthetic surgeon (or any other physician for that matter). Most people dont really understand exactly what board certification means
At BASILE PLASTIC SURGERY we have gone to great effort and expense to ensure the highest standard of safety for our patients. As you consider plastic surgery, we hope the following information will help you evaluate the choices available to you.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is an agency that oversees 24 specialty medical boards. One of its board members is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr Andrea Basile is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
The ABPS selects those physicians who have trained in a General Surgery for 3 to 5 years after medical school, then have had an additional 2-3 years of training exclusively in all aspects of Plastic Surgery. After passing a two-day written examination the candidates then collect patient data for two more years and return with it for a two-day oral examination. If successful they are certified by the board.
You may easily check at www.PlasticSurgery.org to make sure the surgeon you are considering is ABPS certified.
You may have heard names of other boards as well. There are several other similar-sounding titles used in the media and advertising. Other than this ABMS board of qualification, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, there are no other boards that give you, the patient, the same level of protection.
Licensure is designed as minimum standard necessary to practice medicine. It is a public function, administered by the states. The standards are established through a public process and all actions taken both in granting a license and in restricting or withdrawing a license are matters of public record. Licensure is not specialty specific and permits an individual to provide to the public any medical or surgical service he/she desires.
Accreditation of Facilities:
The quality of care at the facility where your surgery will take place is another factor to investigate and understand. When a facility seeks accreditation, its entire operation is reviewed for patient safety, quality of care, peer review, and continuous quality improvement.
The surgicenters we like use are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), a not-for-profit organization that is independent of any group of medical specialists, and the nations predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, since 1951.
Whenever you choose to have surgery it is also prudent to review the credentials of the person to whom you will entrust your health and life, during the administration of sedation and or general anesthesia.