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SIH Medical Group Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Earns Accreditation

SIH Medical Group Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery has earned national accreditation through the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). The surgical facility met strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials by being 100 percent compliant with all standards.

According to the AAAASF, modern surgery and anesthesia have reached new heights in safety and new, less invasive procedures have been developed.

SIH Medical Group Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was inspected in the following categories:

  • General Environment
  • Operating Room Environment, Policy and Procedures
  • Recovery Room Environment, Policy and Procedures
  • General Safety in the facility
  • Blood and Medications
  • Medical Records
  • Quality Assessment and Quality Improvement
  • Personnel
  • Anesthesia


Plastic Surgeon Kelli Webb, MD, says, “This was an important quality assurance and patient safety process administered by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Our facility passed the strict requirements with 100% compliance.”

American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) was established in 1980 to standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in outpatient facilities and assure the public that patient safety is top priority in an accredited facility.

Economic pressures have created a trend in outpatient surgery in which all types of physicians are doing surgery in their offices. Many of these physicians are performing procedures learned during a weekend course and in many cases, are far afield from their training or not in their field of specialty. Another concern is the use of oral or intravenous sedating drugs on patients undergoing these procedures in non-accredited facilities. AAAASF accreditation assures proper credentials and strict requirements for safeguards prevent this scenario from happening.

More than 2,300 outpatient facilities are accredited by AAAASF, one of the largest not-for-profit accrediting organizations in the United States. Surgeons, legislators, state and national health agencies and patients acknowledge that AAAASF sets the “gold standard” for quality patient care.

A Way to Battle the Scars of Breast Cancer

The diagnosis of breast cancer itself can be devastating. A battle lies ahead. The first goal is to remove the cancer. Unfortunately, that battle can leave scars literally and emotionally from a mastectomy. That’s when breast reconstruction can be a solution.

SIH Cancer Institute Affiliated Physicians

Dr. Kelli Webb, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with SIH Medical Group, is part of the SIH Cancer Institute Affiliated Physicians who meet once a week to discuss each breast cancer patient. Together physicians and experts develop the best plan of care for the patient.

While some patients choose to wait for reconstruction at a later date, a fair amount of patients have immediate reconstruction during the same surgical session as their lumpectomy or mastectomy.

“It’s truly up to the patient,” said Webb. “It’s important to go slow. I like to actually meet them ahead of time, just to first to discuss what the options are.”

Often patients just want to get through that goal of removing the cancer. Once that particular stress is gone, they are ready to take time to reflect on how they feel about themselves and how they want others to see them.

Either way, according to Webb, each patient should hear the options and make the decisions when they are ready. “The answer for them may be no reconstruction at all, and that is fine.”

Breast Reconstruction

For the patient who chooses reconstruction however, Webb’s greatest delight is seeing her patients feel normal again and happy. “While everyone’s journey is unique, my hope is that all patients have the opportunity to consider breast reconstruction. For many, this can return a sense of wholeness and provide the final step to recovery for breast cancer survivors,” said Webb.

Some factors Webb considers for breast reconstructive surgery include smoking history, whether or not they will have radiation therapy and overall health.

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