Dr. Shuell is a highly experienced and well-respected surgeon, with over 33 years’ experience as a gynecologic surgeon and 18 years as a cosmetic plastic surgeon. He is Certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery in the Specialty of Breast, Body and Extremities; he is also Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology for the practice of surgery of the female reproductive system.
Patients are pleasantly surprised that we value their personal time and their concerns as our highest priority. We approach each consultation personally and have patient-friendly appointments–offering generous ‘face time’ directly with Dr. Shuell. Quite often, our patients are in consultation for more than an hour. This open-ended approach lies at the very heart of our “Boutique” practice philosophy. And, with the completion of your surgical procedure, your emergency after-hours contact number is Dr. Shuell’s personal cell phone number!
A note about anesthesia: Dr. Shuell has had extensive training to be able to offer local tumescent anesthesia choices instead of general anesthesia. The safety profile of your planned surgery is significantly improved by eliminating a general anesthetic; this also has the benefit of reducing or even completely eliminating some of the unpleasant side-effects associated with general anesthetic agents. Our patients can look forward to a recovery marked by the near-elimination of nausea & vomiting, fatigue, and temporary disorientation.
We recognize that patients are often dehydrated by a general anesthetic, generating sensations of nausea and faintness. Headaches, muscle & joint pain, and sore throat (from a tube used to protect your airway), can all be caused by a general anesthetic agent. When you think about it, these side-effects are like the flu–and we feel that you should not have to be inconvenienced by flu-like symptoms as you recover from your surgery!
Dr. Shuell is one of very few surgeons in the United States who is Board-Certified in both Cosmetic Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology. A unique pairing of specialties, each field is complementary to the other. Intimate knowledge of, and long experience with, the pregnant woman, affords the OB/GYN with a special, first-hand understanding of the powerful changes acting upon a woman’s body from her baby’s conception through delivery and recovery.
A new dedication began over eighteen years ago, as Dr. Shuell began his training in cosmetic surgery. He enhanced his education by seeking out some of the innovators of cosmetic surgical principles and procedures, learning the fundamentals of cosmetic surgery in their operating rooms. Dr. Shuell completed a twelve month, intensive General Fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery, and he remains current by membership in specialty societies and participation in local and national meetings. Dr. Shuell also travels to the offices and surgicenters of recognized leaders in Cosmetic Surgery, learning new techniques and refining his skills, all the while adding depth to the single most important aspect of a surgeon’s abilities: knowing what to do and when to do it (and when to not perform a procedure!).
Dr. Shuell has drawn on the accumulated knowledge and experience of over 30 years of caring for women to confidently practice Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, a practice dedicated primarily to the aesthetic surgical care of women.