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01.06.2014 | Original Article | Ausgabe 3/2014

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 3/2014

Medical Tourism in Plastic Surgery: Ethical Guidelines and Practice Standards for Perioperative Care

Zeitschrift:
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery > Ausgabe 3/2014
Autoren:
Matthew L. Iorio, Kapil Verma, Samaneh Ashktorab, Steven P. Davison

Abstract

Background

The goal of this review was to identify the safety and medical care issues that surround the management of patients who had previously undergone medical care through tourism medicine. Medical tourism in plastic surgery occurs via three main referral patterns: macrotourism, in which a patient receives treatments abroad; microtourism, in which a patient undergoes a procedure by a distant plastic surgeon but requires postoperative and/or long-term management by a local plastic surgeon; and specialty tourism, in which a patient receives plastic surgery from a non-plastic surgeon.

Methods

The ethical practice guidelines of the American Medical Association, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and American Board of Plastic Surgeons were reviewed with respect to patient care and the practice of medical tourism.

Conclusions

Safe and responsible care should start prior to surgery, with communication and postoperative planning between the treating physician and the accepting physician. Complications can arise at any time; however, it is the duty and ethical responsibility of plastic surgeons to prevent unnecessary complications following tourism medicine by adequately counseling patients, defining perioperative treatment protocols, and reporting complications to regional and specialty-specific governing bodies.

Level of Evidence V

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