Biggest Waste of Time Questions for a Plastic Surgeon

MakenzieR on 7 Mar 2012 at 4:00pm

How many times have you been in doctor’s office and prefaced a question with “This may be a stupid question, but...”? If it’s health-related, most likely your doc will assure you it’s a valid query. But the truth is, when you have a limited amount of consultation time, there are questions that can waste it.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Pozer shared three things with us that he wishes patients wouldn’t ask in a consultation:

  1. Are you board-certified?
  2. Is your center certified?
  3. How long have you been doing this? (He usually says tongue-in-cheek: “I just took the course this weekend.”)

If you’re thinking, “aren’t these questions vital to ask your plastic surgeon or dermatologist?” You are absolutely right. But typically all that information is available on the Internet -- much of it here on the doctor’s RealSelf profile, or on his/her practice’s website. You can also ask the front desk when you call to make an appointment.

Dr. Pozner’s point is that you needn’t spend your precious consult time asking these things when you can know before you go. In fact, if you don’t get satisfactory answers to those questions beforehand then don't schedule a consult at all -- save yourself time and possibly a chunk of change by doing some research.

One question Dr. Pozner wishes patients asked more?

“Who is going to put me to sleep? Board-certified anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, your front desk assistant?”

For more info on what to research, check out RealSelf's Doctor Questionnaire. Fill out as much as you can beforehand so the majority of your consultation time can focus your unique needs. 

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