Medical Minute: In Office Surgery

Plastic surgery, colonoscopies, biopsies. These are just some of the surgical procedures being performed at doctor's offices these days. While an office-based surgery can be more convenient, it also has more risks. Here is a look at what you need to know before you say yes to a surgery at your doctor's office.

This is more than a doctor's office for Trisha Russo. This is where she had plastic surgery.

"Definitely more convenient. You have all your consultations here, so it's more convenient to return here."

Each year, 1.2 million people choose to have surgical procedures in an office setting, but a new study shows you are 12 times more likely to be killed or injured in an office surgery.

"Office surgery should continue, but it should be done right."

Dr. Hector Vila says the government does not regulate most office-based surgeries. Only 22 states have some regulations, and only half of those states have strict regulations.

Hector Vila, M.D. Anesthesiologist "We are hoping that this report, this information that shows the states that there is a need to require it, will pay off."

It's up to patients like Trish to do their own homework. She had her surgery at the office of Dr. Abraham Marcadis. She made sure the doctor was board certified and the facility was accredited.

"I'm really amazed that patients don't ask enough questions."

Another recommendation: visit the room where the surgery will take place.

"The operating room should look something like they've seen on TV."

Also, ask about who will be administering the anesthesia. You want a board certified anesthesiologist.

"The patient shouldn't feel like they are going to offend the surgeon because those surgeons that do a good job in their office are more than happy to share that with the patients."

And if the surgeon is offended that you are asking those questions, Dr. Vila says that's when to walk away.

For more information, contact:

Andrea Brunais
Media Relations Coordinator
Moffitt Cancer Center
(813) 632-1478

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