Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
There are many ways that you can gather names of plastic surgeons in your area. Friends may have experience with a particular surgeon, your family doctor, nurse, or hospital may provide you with a referral, or you may contact the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) for a referral. However, every surgery is unique, and every patient is an individual. Choosing the right surgeon for your particular needs will involve more than simply collecting information about certifications and procedures — but that is an excellent place to start.
A surgeon's good credentials can greatly increase the likelihood of a successful outcome to your surgery. Before committing to a particular surgeon, you should find out where the surgeon went to school, what type of training that he/she received, and whether he/she has completed an accredited residency program in plastic surgery. Also verify that he or she is American Board of Plastic Surgery certified. A surgeon who is "board certified" will have graduated from an accredited medical school and completed five or more years of residency, generally two years of plastic surgery residency, in addition to three years of general surgery residency. The surgeon must also have practiced for at least two years and will have passed comprehensive written and oral exams. Dr. Ettinger has 30 years of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures.
Experience and Hospital Privileges
Many surgeons perform procedures in their own surgical facilities but they should still have privileges to perform those procedures at an accredited hospital in the community in which they practice. That hospital will then have the authority to have a body of other physicians review and approve the surgeon's work, and has likely done so in the past as part of their routine screening procedure. The find out whether a surgeon has hospital privileges at a particular hospital. You can contact the surgeon's office or contact the hospital directly. Of course, when speaking to the surgeon's office, also take the opportunity to find out how long the surgeon has practiced and a little about his/her practice history.
The consultation or interview is your most important tool in selecting a plastic surgeon. This is your opportunity to discover whether you feel comfortable with the surgeon's experience, training, fees, personality, familiarity with the procedures you are considering, and general concern for your comfort and well-being.
We hope that you find everything you are looking for on our website and value your comments by phone at 937-429-7307 or by email. We look forward to your questions and to the opportunity to help you discover whether plastic surgery is the right choice for you.