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Preparing for Your Surgery

All patients are required to schedule a preoperative visit with the surgeon to review the intended procedures, discuss possible risks and outcomes, fill out the necessary paperwork, and re-review your medications and allergies. This is also your opportunity to ask us any questions or concerns regarding your surgery. This visit is typically separate and in addition to any other consultation or testing that you may have with the office. You will be required to pay your insurance co-pay at the time of this visit. We ask that you schedule this appointment at least one week in advance of surgery.

If you take Aspirin or other blood thinning products (eg. Plavix) we will typically ask you to discontinue this 7 to 10 days prior to your surgery

The Night Before Surgery
It is critical that you do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight.

You will be instructed whether you should take any of your medications before coming to the hospital.

Your Hospital Stay
Most of our patients have either outpatient surgery or a brief one to two day hospitalization. Please keep in mind that some of our hospitals are teaching institutes, and therefore, resident doctors and medical students may be involved in your care. We respectfully ask that you be receptive to their participation in your care.

After Surgery
You will be given written instructions at the time of discharge. Should you have any questions following your discharge, do not hesitate to call one of our nurses. You may receive a call from a nurse 2 or 3 days after your surgery to see how you are doing.

It is your responsibility to schedule a follow up appointment with one of our doctors 2 to 4 weeks after your surgery. Please call the office to schedule this within a few days of your discharge. In general, you do not have to pay your insurance co-pay for the first visit. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

A second and sometimes third postoperative visit will typically be necessary for follow up care. In general, you will be required to pay your copay, especially when these visits occur outside the typical window of included care.