Preparing for cosmetic surgery is serious business. The following is a copy of a letter we have patients give to their primary-care physicians to obtain the right medical clearance for plastic surgery. You can use it as a guideline to discuss with your own doctor to help ensure you’re in good health prior to surgery
Your patient has made the voluntary decision to undergo a surgical procedure. In order to ensure patient safety, we would like to obtain your surgical clearance before we proceed with the surgery. The patient will be receiving general anesthesia for an outpatient procedure that will last approximately one to five hours. Most plastic surgery procedures are considered low to moderate risk.
Specifically, we would like the patient to be evaluated for at least the following items. Any other evaluations that would affect the patient, per your complete history and physical, which you deem necessary, are at your discretion. Thank you for your assistance in our goal of providing excellent patient care in the safest possible environment.
Of course, the preoperative clearance should not be limited to only the above evaluations. If you feel that there are other issues that preclude surgery, or should be brought to our attention, please do not hesitate to contact us. We truly appreciate your assistance in this matter. After your evaluation, if you could have your office fax us copies of the EKG, lab work, history and physical, and a note from you, stating you feel it is okay to go ahead with the procedure, we would appreciate that.
Learn more about how to prepare for your procedure(s) in my book, “Making the Cut” available for purchase on Amazon.
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