|The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has a very informative article about outpatient surgery:|
What You Should Know About the Safety of Outpatient Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery procedures performed in accredited surgical facilities by board-certified plastic surgeons have an excellent safety record. A 1997 survey1 based on more than 400,000 operations performed in accredited facilities found that:
- The rate of serious complications was less than half of 1 percent.
- The mortality rate was extremely low – only one in 57,000 cases.
- The overall risk of serious complications in an accredited office surgical facility is comparable with the risk in a freestanding surgical center or hospital ambulatory surgical facility.
You will also be evaluated for other factors that may increase the risk of blood clots. These include:
For women, additional risk factors include:
- being extremely overweight
- having recent traumatic injury
- any disorder of the heart, lungs or central nervous system
- a history of cancer, recurrent severe infection or genetic problems that affect blood clotting
- taking oral contraceptives or having recently ceased taking them
- undergoing hormone-replacement therapy
If you are considered low risk, your doctor may simply ensure that you are positioned on the operating table in a way that allows for adequate blood circulation to the legs. If you are of moderate or high risk for developing blood clots, you may also be advised to wear elastic stockings before, during and after your procedure, or to take special anti-clotting medications. Compression devices on the legs may be used during surgery to support your normal circulation.
1. Morello, D.C., Colon, G.A., Fredericks, S., Iverson, R., Singer, R. Patient safety in accredited office surgical facilities. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 99: 1496, 1997.