Why Do So Few Surgeons Work in an Actual Hospital As Opposed to Their Private Surgery Centers?
Q: Am I wrong in wanting to be operated on in a hospital, even though these surgery centers are accredited? It just seems safter.
A: Almost every board-certified plastic surgeon you will meet operates in at least one hospital. Having hospital privileges is a requirement for most accrediting organizations. There are several reasons why so many of us and our patients prefer surgery centers. First and foremost is patient safety. I run my own AAAASF-accredited surgery center which allows me to hand-pick the best nurses, anesthetists and other staff to help me take great care of you. I have no control over who is working in the hospital. Most surgery centers also have MUCH lower infection rates than hospitals. The second benefit is cost. Hospitals are expensive to run and that cost is passed on to you. I have no influence on the anesthesia and facility fees that they will charge my patients. I am much better able to control costs in my own center and I pass that savings on to you. Additionally, I am able to offer better service in my own operating room than I am at a hospital. I offer a variety of surgical dates and times and my staff is particularly attuned to your needs. It’s equivalent to the service difference you would notice when comparing a fast food chain to a sit down meal at a family owned restaurant.