For most patients, one of the most important factors when choosing a facial plastic surgeon is the surgeon’s bedside manner. But how do you determine this before the day of surgery? Here Dr. Sam Rizk provides some background information as well as tips for assessing your surgeon’s bedside manner.

What Is A Doctor’s Bedside Manner?

A bedside manner generally refers to a doctor’s interaction and communication with his or her patients.

Doctors with a good bedside manner go out of their way to communicate well, demonstrate empathy, include the patient in the decision-making process, and take steps to make patients feel comfortable in general.

Here are four examples of actions taken by doctors with a good bedside manner:

  1. Making sure that patients know that they’re willing to discuss subjects other than the procedure. Your doctor should be fine with the idea of having a normal conversation that includes things like your favorite sports team, the holidays, or current events. After all, both you and your doctor are human, so you should feel free to speak with your doctor as you would with other people.
  1. Taking the necessary time with each patient to ensure that they are properly informed and understand the treatment plan.
  1. Making it clear that they care about the patient and his or her health and wellbeing. Some doctors even make time to appear at events that are important to their patients, such as their children’s baseball game or school play.
  1. Sending a card on a patient’s birthday, anniversary or other important life events.

In contrast, doctors with a poor bedside manner may inadvertently say things that come across as offensive or abrupt to patients. Examples of a poor bedside manner include showing an attitude that comes across as arrogant, rude or curt; failing to listen to patients’ concerns and answer their questions; and not taking a patient’s concerns and/or fears seriously.

Why Is A Good Bedside Manner Important?

Unfortunately, some doctors take shortcuts in an attempt to spend less time with patient communication so that they can spend more time performing surgery (read: making money). This only leads to irritation on the part of both patients and the doctors themselves. More importantly, it can lead to medical errors. A doctor with a good bedside manner understands the importance of showing kindness to his or her patients, preparing them properly and engaging in good communication with them.

How To Assess A Doctor’s Bedside Manner Prior To Surgery

 This part is fairly straightforward. Bring a list of questions to your initial consultation and any other preoperative appointments, and observe the doctor’s demeanor and responses to your questions.

Dr. Sam Rizk’s Bedside Manner

Dr. Rizk is adored by his patients, not only because he provides amazing results, but also thanks to his discretion and his bedside manner. Dr. Rizk goes out of his way to put his patients at ease and show empathy towards them. He emphasizes the importance of good communication and makes sure to involve his patients in every aspect of the decision-making process. Dr. Rizk cares about his patients and takes an interest in their concerns and in their lives.

Other Characteristics to Look for in a Surgeon

What other characteristics should you look for?

Your surgeon should have an in-depth understanding of and experience with the procedure you will be undergoing. The best way to make sure that your surgeon has these qualifications is to select a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Other types of specialists do not have the same amount of training in facial plastic surgery.

It’s also important that your surgeon has hospital privileges, which means that the doctor has been approved by a hospital committee.

Also, make sure that your surgeon performs the procedure you are interested in on an ongoing basis.

Your surgeon should demonstrate an unwavering commitment to patient care and safety. To assess this, take the time to read through the surgeon’s patient testimonials and, if you can, talk to other patients who have received treatment from your surgeon. (And while you’re at it, take a look at the surgeon’s gallery of before and after photos.)

In addition, look into whether your surgeon uses advanced equipment (e.g., 3D technology) because this is an important factor that contributes to increased precision and reduces postoperative downtime.

Focus on these qualities, and if anything makes you feel uncomfortable, continue your search for a surgeon.