Breast Reconstruction by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Simply put: other than plastic surgery, there is no surgical residency in which a resident is comprehensively trained to perform breast reconstruction. Furthermore, other than the American Board of Plastic Surgery, there is no board certification process that formally evaluates candidates on their understanding of and competency in performing breast reconstruction. Any surgeon who is not a residency-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon but nevertheless performs breast reconstructions is operating without any certifiable proof that he or she is even remotely qualified to do so. Patients may encounter surgeons hoping to obscure their lack of qualifications by claiming to have obtained certification through “additional training” or “special courses.” Such statements are red flags.