Out of Town Patients
Patient Not a Model
Dr. Placik sees many patients from out of town and out of the country. There are many reasons why people travel long distances for plastic surgery, as long as it is well planned out and carefully planned. Initial evaluation and screening is done prior to visiting out office. This involves review of your medical history, photographs, communication with our staff and patient coordinator. Only after all this has been satisfactorily completed will Dr. Placik consider and approve coming to our office.
On your surgery day, you will be in the hands of Dr. Placik and his experienced surgical team. Surgical patients will require help the first 24 hours post-op, it is important that all patients have a companion at discharge or we can put you in touch with a Manor Care facility or private-duty nursing. If you are traveling alone, we can make arrangements for you to be transported to a Manor Care facility where you will receive 24 hour care.
Another option is to have a nurse take you back to your hotel where you will be cared for until you are brought back for your post-operative appointment. (The length that we will ask you to stay will depend on which procedure(s) you are having done.)
Dr. Placik staff aims to get our patients home as soon as we can, but this leads to some logistical hurdles.
We see our patients in follow-up on the first, second or third, day depending on which procedure(s) you are having done. Fortunately complications of this surgery are uncommon, and most of the determinant of the final result occurs at the moment of the surgery, although the incidence of compilations is low surgery involves risks and there is a possibility that you require medical care on an emergency basis once you return home. You should make arrangements for this or be prepared to call 911.
Though patients are welcomed to return for follow-up at 1-3 months and yearly, the reality of travel over great distance is that this is seldom done. Dr.Placik likes to see interval photos at 3 months and 12 months. If there is some concern after surgery you will need to come back to see Dr. Placik at our office or he will suggest you go to an immediate care facility.
When you are home, we will want to know how you are doing. We would encourage you to keep in touch with our office and periodically update us with your progress. As with all of our patients, we ask that you call and/or email as questions or needs arise. Additionally, we ask that you send us periodic photos (via mail or email), so that Dr. Placik can visually see your progress.
These patients generally leave a lasting impression on our office because we spend so much time communicating with them prior to their arrival.
We are committed to making this an easy and relaxing journey for any of our out-of-town patients.
Please e-mail or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on any of the above plastic surgery procedures.