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Plastic Surgeons Defend Office Surgeries

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Apr 28, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons warned Wednesday against using non-certified doctors or non-accredited facilities.

"Please do not take unnecessary chances with your health," a spokesman said. "Plastic surgery is real surgery. Take the time to educate yourself and find an American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeon and have your surgery in an accredited facility."

At the same time the society said office-based procedures are as safe as those conducted in full medical centers.

According to a peer-reviewed study published in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of ASPS, a facility accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, has the same overall safety record as a hospital surgery facilities, the society said.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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