The procedure that Dr. Lam performs is typically in his own surgical center located within his office space. His state-of-the-art surgical facility is accredited at the highest standard by the Joint Commission, which accredits hospital-based surgery centers. When seeking accreditation, he believed that he wanted to pass the toughest scrutiny out there and has received near flawless passing grades with every re-accreditation for his surgery center. The benefit of performing surgery at his surgery center is that he has controlled every element of the procedure for you. First, not only did he design his surgery center from the ground up but he also built the entire 40,000 square foot building of the Willow Bend Wellness Center for optimal privacy and safety. He uses only board-certified MD anesthesiologists to perform the anesthesia who in many cases have over 30 years of experience, and he has hand selected these individuals to perform his anesthesia. They are not part of a large group of doctors with whom he has not worked but instead are individual providers who have worked with him for many years already and in whom he is confident of their abilities. His nurses are the top in their field as well coming from emergency-room backgrounds able to handle any issues in the OR and who are both highly skilled and caring.
A nose surgery is performed under general anesthesia, as Dr. Lam believes this is the safest method to undergo rhinoplasty. With general anesthesia, there is no blood that goes into the airway and you are not moving during the delicate time of performing the procedure. This anesthesia technique also eliminates any pain during the procedure as well. The procedure typically lasts about 3 to 4 hours but could be slightly longer if it is a more difficult revision surgery. If it is simply a scar revision or mole removal from the nose, then Dr. Lam may perform a lower level of anesthesia. In Dr. Lam’s Joint Commission accredited surgical facility, he can perform all levels of anesthesia including oral sedation, intravenous conscious sedation, twilight anesthesia, and general anesthesia.
After your procedure is finished, our nurses will coordinate with your spouse, significant other, or friend to pick you up on a timely basis. There will still be a period of time for recovering you in the recovery room following your rhinoplasty that may take a few hours of time. Our nurses will clearly indicate when your companion should pick you based on when the recovery is complete. Of note, you will not be allowed to drive home or take an Uber, taxi, or other unaccompanied method of returning home. In addition, you will need someone to stay with you the first night. If you are from out of town and do not have someone staying with you, you will need to pay for a medical companion that we can help arrange for you. See the section on recovery for more details of the recovery process.