Things to Know
Your surgeon will provide a thorough consultation before beginning any procedure. We are here for you. Please take the time to tell your surgeon about your expectations and goals. He/she will describe your treatment options and the risks and limitations of each. It is important to tell your surgeon if you smoke, and/or you take any medications, vitamins or other drugs. Please also discuss if you have had previous surgeries or an injury to the area.
As with any procedure, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications for each procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the possible risks and complications in your consultation. He/she will also explain the type of anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed and the costs involved. Most insurance companies generally do not cover the cost of procedures that are not considered medically necessary. Some procedures are done for reconstructive purposes to correct a problem or deformity and may be covered by your insurance. Be sure to check with your insurer, and obtain pre-authorization for your surgery.
Keep in mind that some procedures are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. You may need future surgery to maintain or regain the original results. Your surgeon can discuss this with you to make sure you are fully informed.
Preparing for surgery
Your surgeon will give you instructions to prepare for surgery. These instructions will include guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications for a specific time before surgery. Some tests may be recommended prior to your procedure, such as a mammogram with breast procedures. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure to be performed, and any risks and potential complications of your surgery. If you do not understand something or have any questions, please ask your surgeon. We will be happy to answer your questions.
Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.
You will most likely feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery. Your surgeon may prescribe medication to help control most of your discomfort. He/she will also give you a detailed explanation of what to expect based on your procedure. This will include specific instructions on healing and activity level.
It is important that you follow-up as directed with your surgeon. He/she will assess your condition and healing process.
We are here to make your procedure or surgery as comfortable as possible for you. We will walk you through the process and be available to answer any questions along the way.