Robert C. Silich, DO
Specialty: Plastic/reconstructive Surgery
Location and Office HoursOlivia H Z Hutchinson MD
121A E 83rd St
New York, NY 10028
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP)
- Empire BlueCross BlueShield
- First Health
- United Healthcare
- Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
- Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Hospital Lenox Hill
- New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center
- North Shore LIJ Lenox Hill Hospital
- Staten Island University Hospital North
What are the risks of plastic surgery complications?
Robert Grant, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of SurgeryCosmetic surgery, like any surgery, involves risks -- scarring, possible infection and, in this case, the chance that the procedure doesn't meet the patient’s expectations. Watch this video with cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Robert Grant to learn why seeing an internist before surgery is a good risk-minimizing strategy.
When should I call my doctor if I had cosmetic augmentation mammaplasty?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answered
Our patients are instructed to call us immediately for a fever, increasing pain, swelling or redness. Early signs of problems include unilateral swelling and pain. Signs of bleeding or hematoma include pain, blood from the incision, numbness in the affected arm (compression of the brachial plexus, sensory nerves), and asymmetry. Signs of infection include redness, cellulitis, fever over 101.5, and extreme tenderness. Both are urgent matters requiring immediate attention including possibility of re-operation. Signs of pain in the calf, shortness of breath may be symptoms of deep venous thrombus, and possible pulmonary embolus requiring immediate emergency room attention.
What should I look for in a plastic surgeon if I want a tummy tuck?
Erik Hoy, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredThe things to look for in a plastic surgeon are similar in all plastic surgery procedures. First and foremost, he or she should be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This means a minimum of 5 years of surgical training, with at least 2 years training in plastic surgery. Membership in the major plastic surgery societies, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is also a good indication that your surgeon is well trained and well regarded in the field of plastic surgery. Finally, choose a surgeon that has experience with the procedure, has previous patients with results like you desire, demonstrates strong ethical standards, and that you can connect with and trust. The surgery should be performed only in an appropriately accredited operating facility. The initial consultation is the time to establish these conditions, not the day of surgery!
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