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Stanford University School of Medicine is one of the world's leading medical centers. The Adult Plastic Surgery Clinic, part of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, is strongly committed to excellence in patient care and cross-disciplinary research that brings current medical developments into clinical practice.
Care and Treatment
Preparing for Plastic Surgery
The type of preparation that will be necessary prior to your surgery will depend on what surgery will be performed and the type of anesthesia that will be administered.
The following are considerations for you to discuss with your physician/surgeon prior to your procedure:
Ask the surgeon to explain the benefits, risks, and expectations of the procedure.
Discuss what type of anesthesia will be administered and what recovery time is expected.
Inform your physician of any medications (over-the-counter or prescription) you are currently taking, as well as any prior procedures, history of chronic illnesses, and/or allergies you may have.
Be sure to stop drinking and eating for the recommended time period before and/or after surgery.
Be sure to follow any specific pre-operative bathing, shaving, or cleaning instructions.
Be sure to discuss any post-operative instructions that need to be followed (i.e., changing dressings, post-op medications, follow-up appointments).
Do not wear makeup the day of surgery, including nail polish.
Do not wear eye contacts the day of surgery.
Leave valuables and jewelry at home.
Advise the medical staff of dentures or other prosthetic devices you may be wearing.
Be sure to arrange all insurance coverage prior to surgery, as many insurance carriers do not cover many types of plastic surgery procedures (particularly cosmetic procedures).
Be sure to arrange a ride home after your procedure.
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You are welcome to schedule an appointment yourself. However, we encourage your regular doctor to contact us so we can resolve issues or logistical problems that cause delays in seeing a plastic surgeon. Your regular doctor should also review information for health care professionals.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Bring copies of your medical records and imaging studies (x-rays, MRIs, CT scans) to your first appointment.
Your first visit could last 2-3 hours because several doctors may review your medical records and discuss your condition with you.
It is often helpful to write down a list of questions that you may have and to bring along a family.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions, visit Referring Physicians.
As surgeons, we share your goal of providing the best possible care for your patients. We also strive to integrate training, research, and the development of novel technology with clinical care. Throughout and after their treatment at Stanford, we encourage patients to maintain close contact with their primary care and referring physicians.
HOW TO REFER
Fax a referral form to 650-725-5223 for all adult matters except hand/upper limb.
You can also contact our clinics directly:
Plastic Surgery Adult Clinic (except hand/upper limb): 650-723-7001