In the world of plastic surgery, there are a lot of different surgeries, and the ones that are successful are often done by a team of surgeons.
For example, the operation to remove the eye of a woman who lost her sight in the accident that killed her husband, John Smith, was done by Dr. James C. Krieger.
But the operation for reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel R. Kukur, who was instrumental in saving the life of a man with a heart defect, was also done by his colleagues at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
“I think that was a very successful surgery,” said Dr. Robert C. Anderson, the chief of Plastic Surgery at Harborhead.
“There are many surgeons out there, many, many surgeons who have done this surgery, but Dr. Kuerer did it in the most successful way possible.”
The surgeries performed by surgeons in Seattle and Seattle-area hospitals have made a significant dent in the nation’s plastic surgery shortage, and that has helped drive up the prices of plastic surgeries performed in the U.S. by more than 20 percent.
That shortage has resulted in many patients being unable to pay for the procedures they need, especially for more complex procedures like reconstructive surgery.
In 2016, the number of plastic surgeons nationwide rose from 5,938 to 10,639.
It was a significant increase for a time, but the number is down to about 4,000, according to data from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
The surgeries being performed by Seattle and local hospitals are more expensive than other regions.
In 2014, the average price of an operation for a breast augmentation in the Seattle area was $12,000.
That same year, a breast enlargement at a hospital in Tacoma, Wash., cost $15,000 for a mammogram.
In March, the cost for an operation at a Seattle hospital rose to $16,000 because of rising costs for anesthesia.
And the price of a breast reconstruction at a Vancouver, Wash.-area hospital went up nearly 30 percent in the last year, to $23,000 a procedure.
Some experts say that the high cost of surgery in the area is not the only reason that surgeons are seeing more patients.
In 2015, there were an estimated 1,900 operations in the United States.
This number will likely fall in coming years, said Dr, Robert J. Bresnahan, a professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and an expert on plastic surgery at UCLA Medical Center.
The growing demand is a result of both high prices and an aging population, he said.
The average age of an American male is nearing 70 and that trend is expected to continue for many years, he added.
“People are more likely to have other problems, and surgery will be part of that,” Bresnanahan said.
One reason for the increase in surgeries is the introduction of new types of surgery.
Many of these surgeries, including the removal of a tumor, have not been done before.
That has led to some major price increases, and Dr. Anderson said he expects that trend to continue.
In the past, surgery for a large tumor would have been expensive, even with a team in place.
The procedure now requires one person to perform it and that is not enough, he explained.
The number of surgeries is increasing and it’s getting cheaper, and patients are increasingly willing to pay that extra money, he noted.
“A lot of these procedures were never performed before,” Anderson said.
“We’ve had this surgery for breast cancer for a long time and we’ve had it for prostate cancer.
The surgery for prostate is also being done in our facilities, so that’s going to be the new surgery that we’re going to see more of.”
The demand for surgeries has led some hospitals to raise prices.
“Surgery is an expensive process, so the higher the prices go, the higher that demand goes,” said Paul H. Smith, chairman of the department of surgery and director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where Dr. John C. Withers is the chief operating officer.
“You’re getting people in the door, but they are paying more, because they are seeing a surgeon they didn’t see before, and they want to be treated with the same attention to detail and care that a surgeon brings to the table.”
In the meantime, doctors at hospitals across the country are seeing an increasing number of patients who are unable to afford the surgery they need.
“The average cost for a full-body, face lift, cheek lift and facelift at the hospital is about $2,000,” Anderson noted.
For the surgery for the operation on the eye, surgery at Harborfront Medical Center was about $8,000; for a nose job, it was $6,000