Sun 11 Nov 2012
Recently I went to a local hair transplant clinic and consulted with one of the physicians. While I liked this doctor and feel confident with his skills, there are several other physicians in the practice and I’m concerned one of these surgeons may actually be the one performing the surgery. I’ve heard of this happening before, but I’m not sure if it still occurs? Do any recommended or Coalition hair transplant surgeons operate like this?
Unfortunately, there was a time in the hair transplant field where large, mostly unregulated clinics did utilize the practice of consulting with one physician and operating with another. Patients would come to the clinic and consult with one doctor, but when returning for the procedure, they found themselves going “under the knife” with a completely unfamiliar associate physician.
Knowing this, I’m pleased to say the following: not only is this practice diminishing in general (with the help of transparent online communities like the Hair Transplant Network), but physicians we recommend at the Hair Transplant Network perform all their own consultations and surgeries.
In my opinion, this practice is questionable and no patient should undergo surgery with a physician they have never met. Patients spend countless hours researching surgical results, online reviews, and patient recommendations, and being subjected to hair transplant surgery with a completely unknown doctor completely nullifies this responsible planning.