Downey Plastic Surgery 

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Patient Safety at DPS

Dr. Downey strives to deliver medical professionalism with every procedure. He places an emphasis on safety and risk reduction around the time of surgery which is customized to your body and your goals. He always strives to achieve a highly satisfying experience for patients having either cosmetic or reconstructive surgical procedures.

Board Certification – It is important that you scrutinize the training, quality, experience, and safety of a physician before deciding if he should be your plastic surgeon. Dr. Downey is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, which indicates that he has met the highest level of requirements for practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery. Our staff can help highlight the specialty of Plastic Surgery, which is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), compared to the growing number of “cosmetic surgeons” that claim experience and safety to Plastic Surgery specialists, but their training and certification is widely variable in quality and authenticity.

Certified Surgical Facilities – Your treatment will be conducted either in a hospital like Northwest Hospital or Swedish Edmonds, or in an outpatient certified surgery center such as Edmonds Center for Outpatient Surgery (ECOS). For operations which can safely be performed under just local anesthesia, your operation may be done in the in-office surgery suites of Proliance Surgeons in Edmonds. In any venue, you can be confident that your operation will be performed in a safe, modern facility with competent and caring staff. Downey Plastic Surgery patients who are in need of hospitalization will be admitted to Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.

Positive Identification of Patient and Surgical Site – At Downey Plastic Surgery we eliminate mistakes of identification and reduce the risk of identity theft in a healthcare environment by checking at least two identifiers belonging to you every time you visit. This is called the “Red Flag Rule“. In the operating room, Dr. Downey will pause before every operation and verbally list your identifiers and the name of the operation you are about to have. They will work directly with you before surgery to precisely identify the site of your surgery. And with your help, they will maintain an up-to-date list of medical conditions you have, medicines you are taking, and allergies you may have.

MRSA – A bacteria called Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus can cause severe stubborn infections after surgery. At Downey Plastic Surgery, we are concerned with your safe recovery from your operation. For some operations, beginning days before surgery, you will be instructed in measures to use, like antiseptic scrubs and medicated ointments, to reduce the risk of contracting this bacterial infection.

Venous Thromboembolism – This is a complication of blood clots forming in the leg veins of surgical patients. It can be due to many factors, particularly their immobility around the time of surgery, as well as a natural increase in the blood’s ability to form clot from the stimulus of surgery. For surgery performed under local anesthesia where you can immediately resume a normal, ambulatory life, this rarely incurs an increased risk of leg or lung blood clots. But longer operations associated with a longer period of recuperation and immobility, blood can form clots in the leg area, enlarge, and even break off and circulate to the lungs, where it can cause sometimes serious breathing or heart problems. At Downey Plastic Surgery, we seek to offer our patients protection against this medical problem. Measures we routinely use depending upon the procedure you undergo include the use of elastic stockings and machine-driven leg compression sleeves, early standing and walking, as well as selected use of blood thinners around the time of surgery and during recuperation in the hospital and after discharge.