Frequently Asked Questions
Is Dr. Pope Board Certified?
Yes, I am certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Why is this an important distinction?
When selecting a plastic surgeon, you should certainly ask if he or she is board certified. But there are a lot of patients who don’t really understand the significance of board certification, and many certainly don’t realize that an office’s answer to that question COULD be misleading.
A physician who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery has, after graduation from a 4 year medical school, completed 6 to 8 years of postgraduate surgical training in General Surgery or Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery AND Plastic Surgery. In addition, he or she has passed rigorous written and oral examinations in the field of plastic surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is approved by its governing body, The American Board of Medical Specialists. Most medical specialty boards are approved by this parent board. But some, like the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, are not. That is why I feel you should look for a plastic surgeon who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Many physicians in their advertising will call themselves plastic surgeons and claim to be board certified. But be sure to ask which board. If you learn that your “plastic surgeon” is certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology (Eyes) or The American Board of Internal Medicine, you may want to keep searching.
How long is the recovery period?
Recovery time from a plastic surgery procedure will vary with both the individual patient and the procedure performed. But I can speak in generalities here. With most cosmetic surgery procedures, time off work can usually be limited to one week. Bigger procedures such as a tummy tuck could require an extra week at home. And of course, the type of work you do will dictate how soon you resume it. A person with a desk job involving no heavy lifting can certainly return to work sooner than someone with a more physically demanding job. Many of my patients are hair stylists, and their return to work is delayed, as they tend to stand most of the day at work and are constantly raising their arms. Other patients of mine with more physically demanding jobs include construction workers, sales people who stay on the road, and teachers.
The procedure you undergo will dictate your recovery. A facelift patient should not drive until neck turning is easy and not painful. Because we use our “ab” muscles while driving to accelerate and brake, a tummy tuck patient should wait at least 2 weeks before driving.
As a general rule, I allow my patients to resume aerobic activity after 3 weeks and weight lifting after 6 weeks. Brisk walking in your neighborhood is all that I want you to do in the first 3 weeks of your recovery. And if you are unsure, certainly call our office to ask us questions. And listen to your body – if any activity during the recovery period is causing you pain, you should put that off for a while.
Do you take insurance?
Most of the procedures we do here are cosmetic, elective surgeries, and are not be covered by insurance.
What if there is a complication with my surgery?
It is highly unlikely that a complication will occur during surgery. Our operating suite is accredited by The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), considered the gold standard in accreditation, and we regularly have safety training and drills to keep protocols fresh in our minds in the event of an emergency.
Although we never expect complications, we put an insurance policy in place for each patient through CosmetAssure, since most insurance plans will not cover care needed to address complications of cosmetic surgery. CosmetAssure would cover most of the medical expenses of the complication.
Am I able to have a procedure done with Dr. Pope if I live out of town?
Yes, of course. We have many patients who travel from out of town for their surgeries. Shanti, our patient coordinator would be happy to help set up you pre-op, and post-op appointments so you are away from home the least possible amount of time. After confirming that you have a trusted family member or friend to bring you in the morning of surgery, drive you home, and stay with you at least 24 hours after your surgery, we are perfectly comfortable with patients traveling for a procedure.
Does someone stay with me during surgery?
Our surgery suite offers a private waiting room for your friends and family members. It is equipped with a television, WiFi, coffee, and beverages. The staff will check in on your loved ones while you are in surgery, to make sure they are comfortable and have everything they need. If they would like to leave and come back, our recovery nurse would be happy to call to let them know when you are out of surgery and ready for visitors.
Who will give my anesthesia?
We understand that general anesthesia makes many patients feel uneasy. We want to assure you that you will be in the best of hands At OASIS we use only board certified anesthesiologists from JLR Medical Group, the group that staffs the operating rooms at Florida Hospital. JLR is trusted, experienced and highly capable.
Where will I have my surgery?
Most of our procedures are done at OASIS, our onsite, fully accredited surgical center.
Dr. Pope is also on staff at Florida Hospital and Orlando Health.
Can I have more than one procedure done at once?
Yes, depending on the amount of time required for each procedure and the recovery process. It is often easier to have multiple procedures done at once, limiting the need to go under general anesthesia.
As an added benefit, a 10% discount on Dr. Pope’s surgical fee is applied to additional procedures.
What does the surgery quote include?
Your surgical experience here will include:
- The care of one of Central Florida’s premier board certified plastic surgeons;
- The fee for OASIS, our surgical facility;
- The anesthesiologist;
- Routine pre- and post-op care for one year;
- A private entrance and exit at OASIS, our fully accredited surgical center;
- A private waiting room for your family;
- 24/7 access to our staff;
- CosmetAssure, an insurance policy which covers most of the medical expenses of complications that occur within 30 days of your cosmetic surgery.