Can I get medical clearance from anywhere other than my primary care?
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Medical clearance issues
Medical Clearance and Cosmetic Surgery
In MY humble opinion, a "clearance" from a Family Practice physician or a walk in clinic doc in a box which is not based on a thorough evaluation, is devoid of any clinical meaning and is literally a CYA piece of paper. Remember - your Plastic surgeon trained longer and more intensely than someone with a 3 year residency so WHY would he need such a letter to tell him what he already suspects? The only plausible explanation is to have such a piece of paper in your chart SHOULD something happen to you. But at age 21 without obvious medical conditions your risk factors are EXTREMELY low (look up ASA I risks).
The reason why a surgeon wants all the tests in early is to avoid costly late cancellations. I cannot answer as to why your PCP insists on seeing you a week before surgery since chronic conditions are not apt to come on suddenly. Not a logical stance.
As long as you want to keep both physicians, you cannot move forward.
Peter Aldea MD
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