OUR SURGERY CENTER
While performing surgery is part of our daily routine, we realize that for every patient who walks through our door it is a major life event. Our top priorities in this experience are your safety, privacy, and comfort.
The two most important components to assure your safety are our accredited outpatient surgical facility and the training and experience of our staff. We are accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). To be accredited by AAAASF means that we have been inspected and have met 100% of their standards. Our facility provides a safe surgical environment with all the safety and emergency equipment that would be found in a major hospital. We are equipped and our staff is trained for potential emergency situations, as rare as those may be. We have a backup generator to provide emergency power in the event of power outage. Since our facility opened in 2006, we have performed over 5,000 procedures. Our infection rate is extremely low. Our rate of serious complications such as venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus) is far lower than published national averages.
Our entire surgical staff is highly qualified and trained. The surgery is performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. Anesthesia is provided by a board certified anesthesiologist. We are the only office based cosmetic surgery facility in Central Arkansas to have anesthesia provided by an M.D. Anesthesiologist rather than a nurse anesthetist. Our operating room technicians are trained and certified. Our nursing staff includes a registered nurse who is always present in the operating room and one or two registered nurses staffing the recovery room.
Our surgery center is located in the lower level of our office building at Pavilion Center, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The entrance and exit is in a secluded location at the back of the building. We are very conscience of traffic patterns to minimize potential contact with other patients and their families.
Our facility is tastefully appointed throughout without compromising patient safety and sterility. We strive to provide a comfortable experience by the design of our center and the training and caring nature of our staff.
THE SURGICAL EXPERIENCE
You will arrive to the surgery center about 60 minutes prior to surgery. The anesthesiologist will evaluate your medical condition. If any pertinent issues were uncovered in your consultation, he will already have known about these for some time as he is involved in the medical evaluation early on. Once the evaluation process is complete, the surgeon will review the operative plan with you and make any necessary markings. You will then go to the operating room for the procedure. The recovery process will last for approximately an hour afterwards. You will need someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after anesthesia.
VISITORS IN RECOVERY ROOM
Families often ask if they can visit the patient in the recovery room. At Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we do not allow visitors in the recovery area for the aforementioned reasons of safety, privacy, and comfort. People who do not work in surgery do not seem to realize how critical the postoperative recovery process is. We provide one-on-one nursing care in the recovery room and our nurse needs to give the patient their undivided attention without distraction. It is far more likely to have an untoward event occur in the recovery room than in the operating room. Also, we have other patients coming through the surgery center either in the preoperative or postoperative stage. For their privacy, we limit outside traffic in our center. Another reason for limiting traffic in the surgery center is infection control. We all carry germs on our bodies and the best way to limit the entry of germs in our facility is to limit the traffic.
Obviously, a surgical facility with oxygen piped through its walls is going to be a nonsmoking environment. In fact, the entire Pavilion Center campus, which contains several medical and dental facilities, is nonsmoking. For the safety of our surgery patients, we require that anyone accompanying the patient who wishes to smoke, please leave the campus.