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Our surgical suite is the space where Dr. Starkman performs all of his facial plastic surgery procedures on-site, within the office. The surgery area meets and exceeds the highest levels of safety standards for our patients, with a pre-operative bay, nurse’s station, recovery area, and sterilization rooms.

AAAHC Accredited

The Desert Canyon Surgery Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides high-quality surgical care to patients in the Phoenix area. The center is proud to announce that it has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), a prestigious organization that sets the standard for quality in the healthcare industry. This accreditation is a testament to the center's commitment to providing patients with safe, effective, and efficient care. The Desert Canyon Surgery Center is staffed by highly trained and experienced surgeons, nurses, and support staff who work together to ensure every patient receives the best possible care. Whether you need a minor procedure or a complex surgery, you can trust the Desert Canyon Surgery Center to provide you with the highest level of care.

Starkman Facial Plastic Surgery

We offer a single-surgeon, single-subspecialty AAAHC-accredited surgery center, assuring privacy and exceptional safety. This center offers the same safety protocols of a hospital with the individual care of a private surgery center, but with a lower risk of infection because it is smaller. As a result, we have an outstanding safety record for all our patients. Unlike any hospital or surgery center, our surgical facility utilizes staff and equipment specialized only for facial plastic surgery procedures. 

Board-certified anesthesiologists are available for procedures using sedation. We exclusively use General IV anesthesia for a quicker and more comfortable recovery following surgery. The on-location surgery center offers patients a discrete and specialized setting for their procedures.

To learn more about the surgical experience, please visit our Patient Experience page.

What does an AAAHC accreditation mean?

An AAAHC accreditation means that a surgical facility has met the high-set standards of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. This means that an AAAHC-accredited surgical facility:

  • Is held to hospital standards
  • Is required to staff surgeons who are board-certified
  • Is required to staff surgeons who have hospital privileges for any procedure
  • Is required to have peer review and track data 
  • Is required to provide a safe and clean surgical environment that must meet strict standards
  • Is required to use an anesthesia professional for deeper levels of anesthesia

What is an outpatient surgery center?

An outpatient surgery center is a surgical facility where the procedures are uncomplicated enough that they do not require the patient to stay overnight.

Is it safe to have surgery in a surgery center vs. a hospital?

Absolutely, as long as the surgery center has been AAAHC accredited and meets the safety protocols and standards of a hospital.

Is the risk of infection lower in a surgery center?

Yes, the risk of infection is lower in a surgery center because it is smaller than a hospital, with less patients and staff.

Who provides anesthesia in a surgery center?

Anesthesia is provided by a professional anesthesia specialist.

Is the cost the same?

Our surgery center is more cost-efficient compared to larger hospitals and surgical facilities.

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