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Medical Tourism Offers Greater Risk and Difficult Follow-ups

Medical tourism has been in the news quite a bit over the last few years, but what is it?  Medical tourism is when patients, who are often looking for the best “deal,” go outside of the United States for their surgical procedures. While there is no doubt that high quality plastic surgery exists outside of the U.S., it does come with increased risks.

Training and Credentials

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) cautions patients that it may be exceedingly difficult to assess the training and credentials of surgeons outside of the US, and that patients are at risk of choosing unqualified physicians and having procedures performed at non-accredited surgical facilities.

The U.S. healthcare system has an extensive and exhaustive system of checks and balances in place to ensure patient safety, whereas many of these other countries have far fewer safeguards.

Sterilization

Another concern should be about sterility and how medical equipment and supplies are handled or reused. Reusing supplies and improperly sterilizing equipment is one method of reducing costs but increases the patient’s risk for infections and other complications. In addition, the cosmetic surgery products and devices used in other countries may not have been tested, proven safe or effective, or been approved for use by the FDA.  “Cosmetic” surgery is still real surgery which comes with the very real risks of infection, bleeding, poor cosmetic outcomes, pulmonary embolisms, and blood clots.

Follow-up Care

Follow-up care and monitoring is critical after any surgery. Patients who choose to have their surgeries performed outside of the U.S. have little to no follow-up care and may find it quite difficult to find a plastic surgeon in the U.S. to treat the problem or provide revision surgeries.  Revision surgeries can be quite complicated with suboptimal aesthetic results and the costs are often not covered by insurance.

The Long View

Medical tourism and bargain surgery can be quite costly in the long run.  Patients have to bear the brunt of the additional cost for revision surgeries and complications that may overall be more than the cost of the initial operation if it had been originally performed in the US.  Additionally, if a patient suffers a medical emergency overseas, they may find that their health insurance may not provide coverage in a foreign country.

Do your research.  Although it is tempting to go overseas to find the “best deal,” surgery performed by an unqualified surgeon or in a setting that is not safe can risk your health and result in poor outcomes and end up costing you more in the long run.

At Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery, we strive to provide the best care in the safest way possible and are here for you in case sometime goes wrong. Call us at (360) 823-0860 or contact us for a consultation.

Get to Know SCPS: Leah Thomas

What is your position at SCPS?
I am a receptionist here at Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery

What do you like most about working here?
I love the professional atmosphere here at SCPS as well as speaking and working with people, but what I like most would have to be the wonderful staff! We have the most amazing doctors and aestheticians here as well as all our nurses and medical assistants and of course, all the way to our managers and front desk staff. I feel very lucky to work in such a great environment and look forward to many years working here!

What are some hobbies/interests do you have outside of work?
I love travel, books and music. I love living in the Northwest and enjoy hiking and exploring new places to eat with my husband of 3 years.

Get to Know SCPS: Akiko Young

Your name and role here at SCPS?

Akiko Young, Master Esthetician

How long have you been employed here?

Since October 2017

What do you like best about working here?

I like to advance my knowledge in skin care and help patients achieve their best look.

First Job?

I was a school nurse in Japan and had been working in the education field.

What do you like to do when not at work/hobbies?

I enjoy hiking and spending time in the forests with my husband and two daughters on weekends.

Get to Know SCPS: Ione Janik

Name and role at SCPS:
Ione Janik, Front Desk Medical Receptionist.

How long have I been employed here:
Since December 11, 2017.

What do I like best about working here:
I love everything about my job at SCPS- from the talented, lively staff that I get to work with, interacting with and meeting new people daily, the learning opportunities that our surgeons make available to the staff, and how everyday is a new adventure!

Favorite Food/Drink:
I love food in general, from cooking to consuming it, but I’d have to say that French cuisine is my favorite! As far as beverages go, I love wine. A full bodied pinot noir and a nice buttery chardonnay are among my favorites!

Favorite Book:
I have to admit, my library is currently full of parenting and personal development books from John C Maxwell’s “Failing Forward” and “Intentional Living” to “The Whole Brain Child” by Dr. Siegel and Dr. Payne Bryson. However, some of my personal favorite reads are “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes, Daisy Goodwin’s “The American Heiress” and “Victoria”, “The Nanny Diaries” by Emma McLaughlin, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austin, “Brilliant” by Marne Davis Kellogg, and “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult.

First Job:
Technically, my first job was with the Portland Trailblazers as a Blazer Dancer and was hired shortly after at Ambrose Law Group where I started out as a Receptionist and worked my way up to an Administrative Assistant.

What do I like to do outside of work/hobbies:
I have many hobbies and interests- from traveling, cooking and exploring new restaurants, enjoying the great outdoors, ice skating, spending time with my family and friends, working with toddlers and young children, and volunteering for various organizations including the Children’s Cancer Association. But my true passion is performing! I danced professionally for the NBA for 7 years and have been singing with various local show bands for about 14 years now.

Get to Know SCPS: Vicki Husemoen

What is your role at SCPS?
My role is receptionist and assistant to Angie, our patient care coordinator.

What do you like best about working here?
What I like about working here is how friendly and helpful all my co-workers are. They have made me feel very welcome and make it a fun place to work!

What do you enjoy when you’re not at work?
I enjoy time with family, especially babysitting my 2 grandbabies! I love to read, meet girlfriends for coffee, and I am currently taking line dance lessons.

New Pain Control System Lessens Need for Opioids

We are happy to announce that we are now offering Exparel as an option for postoperative pain control to our patients. Exparel is a long acting numbing medicine that is injected at the time of surgery.

Using an innovative drug-delivery technology, the numbing medicine is slowly released over the course of three to four days. Studies have shown that Exparel is effective at reducing or even eliminating the need for opioids for the first three days after surgery. Less opioids means less nausea, less constipation, increased safety, and less mental fog.

After Exparel, patients have noticed less pain, improved mobility, and overall improved experience after surgery.

Typical cases that Exparel is great for are tummy tucks and breast cases.

If you have any questions or would like to add Exparel to your scheduled surgery, please call us at (360) 823-0860 at your earliest convenience.