The tragic death of comedian Joan Rivers earlier this month during a procedure in an outpatient endoscopy center raises the question of the safety of procedures performed in outpatient or ambulatory surgery centers. As a surgeon with extensive experience with office-based surgery and the immediate past president of Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF) », one of the most respected accreditation organizations for ambulatory surgical facilities, our own Dr. Harlan Pollock would like to answer that question:
“All surgery has risks, regardless of where it is done, and requires qualified medical providers, careful patient selection, and the safety parameters of an accredited surgical facility. With proper precautions office surgery is as safe as a hospital setting. However, as a patient, you should be aware of several:
- “Be certain your surgeon (or proceduralist) is appropriately credentialed. Research the credentials of your surgeon. The surgeon should be board certified by a Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Further, the surgeon should have hospital privileges to perform that procedure that is to be done in the ambulatory setting. The same principle of proper credentials and hospital privileges applies to the anesthesia provider.
- “Selection of which patients and procedures can safely be done in the ambulatory setting is the responsibility of the surgeon. But sure you are comfortable with this decision. Remember that you have a say. Surgery in patients with a significant underlying medical condition is best treated in a hospital.
- “Look for the accreditation of the ambulatory surgical facility. JCAH, AAAHC, and AAAASF are the three most accepted accreditation organizations. Each of these agencies has data showing the safety of their accredited facilities.
- “As with any other medical decision, don’t hesitate to seek the advice of your referring physician, primary care physician and obtain a second opinion.”
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Most people considering liposuction do not know this procedure is reserved for patients within 20% of their ideal body weight and with adequate skin elasticity. Our north Texas surgeons, Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock, believe it is very important to understand whether you are a good candidate for liposuction alone or whether you would be better served by a tummy tuck ».
Our patients in Dallas and Allen wanting liposuction will have it performed at a surgical hospital or our AAAASF-accredited office surgical facility, depending on the patient’s preference, extent of surgery to be done, and other medical considerations. Liposuction can be performed under either twilight sleep or general anesthesia – our surgeons will talk with you about these options to see what is best: the anesthetic choice is a combined decision made by you, your surgeon and the anesthesia provider (see Promises and Pitfalls: Anesthesia »).
At North Dallas Plastic Surgery, we consult with you to make sure which procedure is best for you. Right now we have a special promotion: your consultation with one of our plastic surgeons is complimentary. Please contact our office » – 214.363.2575 – to schedule an appointment with one of our North Dallas Plastic Surgeons.
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What is liposuction? As you may know, it is a plastic surgery technique for removing excess fat from under the skin by suction. As Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock describe the procedure to patients, the goal is to reshape certain areas of localized accumulations of fat. A cannula (which is a hollow tube) is attached to a vacuum pump, inserted through a small incision, and then fat is removed to reshape an area.
So liposuction is a contouring procedure but it is not a weight loss method. While traditional liposuction relates to the actual technique of vacuuming excess fat, over the years a variety of devices have been introduced related to this cosmetic surgical procedure – some of which are still used and many others discarded.
Find out what our North Dallas Plastic Surgery (NDPS) physicians thinks about the various liposuction procedures and their perspective on the subject. More information is here, on our website: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-allen-liposuction.htm ».
Our current promotion is a complimentary surgical consultation with one of our Dallas and Allen plastic surgeons. Call NDPS now to schedule yours: 214.363.2575!
Both Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock at North Dallas Plastic Surgery like to help our patients make the best possible decision when considering breast augmentation surgery. Our doctors are the ones who consult with our patients, not some staff member.
While the idea of placing an breast implant to enhance the breast size may seem simple, there are many differences in opinion as to which of the following variables will produce the best result: most attractive, least potential for complication, etc.
One should understand that there is no single, standard breast augmentation operation. Educating yourself is a good way to help you make an informed decision. We offer many surgeries to help patients with their specific needs:
Each of these topics are mentioned on this page of our website: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-breast-surgery.htm ». Schedule a consultation now to get answers to your questions from one of our Dallas surgeons!
Free Consultation Available Now for Dallas and Allen, TX, Women Wanting a Breast Enlargement
Breast augmentation, sometimes known as breast enhancement, refers to the enlargement of the female breast utilizing either silicone or saline breast implants. It is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures and is done to improve the patient’s body proportions, as well as, her self-image.
A woman considering breast augmentation should carefully consider the various options and potential risks of the procedure that may have lifelong implications. Women in the Dallas and Allen, Texas, areas who are considering a breast augmentation appreciate that they can sit and have a consultation with one of our surgeons, not just a staff member, to learn about the surgery and what to expect.
If you are considering a breast enlargement, read the opinions of our North Dallas Plastic Surgery (NDPS) doctors: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-breast-augmentation.htm »
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Both of our North Dallas Plastic Surgery physicians, Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock, have been performing the Mommy Makeover for many years. They were even quoted in a New York Times article about the procedure back in 2007!
What is a Mommy Makeover? The name came about as part of a marketing strategy and it continues to be talked about and searched for to today. It can be a surgery combining three treatments: a breast lift with, or without, breast implants, plus a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty), as well as some liposuction. These procedures are sometimes wanted by a woman after delivering her last child and who wishes to reclaim part of her more youthful appearance.
Dr. Harlan Pollock was interviewed last year by CBS News » – he discussed the revolutionary tummy tuck procedure known as “Progressive Tension Sutures” that he and Dr. Todd A. Pollock created. The advantage to this abdominoplasty procedure is it has no drains so patients can resume an upright posture sooner after surgery.
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A “Mommy Makeover” refers to a combination of surgical procedures that correct perceived deformities related to changes in a woman’s body as a result of pregnancy and nursing. “Mommy Makeover” actually originated as a marketing term and has since become firmly established in the media and popular language.
Having a child can be an exciting time. However, pregnancy changes in the abdomen and breasts are natural changes common to many women. Though there are numerous and varied suggestions for prevention of stretch marks, loose skin, breast sag and volume loss, none of these preventative measures are effective. Fortunately, when appropriate, surgery can be a very effective method of reversing these changes.
The two most common postpartum perceived deformities are:
- Loss of breast volume and shape.
- Fullness of the lower abdomen, often associated with an excess of skin, localized accumulation of fat, and stretch marks.
Therefore, the most common combination of procedures characterized as “Mommy Makeover” are breast surgery and abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck).
Learn how we can help you at North Dallas Plastic Surgery: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-mommy-makeovers.htm ».
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At North Dallas Plastic Surgery (NDPS), our tummy tuck – also known as an abdominoplasty procedure – differs from standard techniques.
The Progressive Tension Suture technique (PTS) which was created by Dr. Harlan Pollock and Dr. Todd A. Pollock allows secure healing. Best of all it is known as the “No Drain Tummy Tuck” as no drainage tubes have to be left in place. Also it allows more rapid return to upright posture and normal activities. Our NDPS surgeons recently wrote a summary of the successes patients had with the PTS procedure which was printed in a peer-reviewed journal.
Find out how: http://www.drpollock.com/dallas-tummy-tuck.htm ».
More about the PTS procedure is here: PTS (Progressive Tension Suture) Technique Journal Article Gets Comments from Medical Peers »
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North Dallas Plastic Surgery (NDPS) wants to remind you that May is skin cancer awareness month.
Do you know the warning signs? For more skin cancer information, click here: http://www.skincancer.org ». This is a great time to be concerned about sun protection as the warmer weather makes it easier to spend more time outside.
As our Dr. Todd A. Pollock has said, ” The practice of Plastic Surgery is extremely gratifying and I am pleased when I am able to make a difference in patients’ lives through surgery. Whether it is correcting a deformity, enhancing one’s natural features, or repairing a defect from injury or cancer surgery, I am always honored when patients trust me with their care.”
Dr. Todd A. Pollock, plastic surgeon at North Dallas Plastic Surgery, is also the 2014 Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS) President. Since April is National Donate Life month, Dr. Pollock wrote an article about his loss of a friend Mike May and still how “I am comforted by the thought of him ‘outliving himself’ through his organs.” One donor can save as many as eight other lives and, with tissue donation, can make life better for a whole lot more.
As Dr. Pollock reminds us, “According the US Department of Health and Human Services, more than 113,000 people are on the organ transplant list awaiting a donor, and a person is added to that list every 10 minutes… You can register or confirm your registration at donatelifetexas.org. It takes only a minute.”
Read the entire article written by Dr. Pollock and published in April 2014 issue of the Dallas Medical Journal: “Organ Donation – Plan to Give the Give of Life” – http://www.drpollock.com/todd-a-pollock.htm.