Before My Surgery

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SURGERY APPOINTMENT

Our goal is to provide you with outstanding patient care.  To achieve this, we request your patience.  As with any surgery, unpredictable situations may occur that result in procedures taking longer than anticipated. We encourage you and your escort not to schedule any other commitments on the day of surgery.  We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any delays in our schedule. 

MINORS:

  •   Patients under 18 years of age are required by law to be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.
  •   In order to provide your child the safest, most comfortable & efficient care, we do not permit parents in surgery.

 

MEDICATIONS:

  •   Any medications prescribed by the doctor will be called in to the pharmacy of your choice prior to your surgery appointment and should be picked up prior to the day of surgery and taken as directed. Do not take aspirin or any aspirin-containing medications (Excedrin, Alka-Seltzer) for one week prior to surgery, as they cause prolonged post-operative bleeding, unless otherwise instructed by a physician. If you do take these medications, please check with your physician to confirm it is alright to stop before surgery.

Pre-Med Patients: Patients that are required (by their physician) to take an antibiotic due to reasons such as heart murmur or heart valve/joint replacement are required to follow the prescription instructions very carefully. Failure to do so could result in serious consequences.

All Other Medications: Patients should continue taking any prescription medications as prescribed by their physician, unless otherwise instructed.

RECOVERY:

  •   A person recovery various per person and per the type of procedure, please make sure to make appropriate arrangements to be off school/work.

CONSENT FORMS:

  •   Consent form(s) will be provided to you on the day of your consultation. The purpose of the form(s) is to help you understand the treatment that has been recommended and the potential risks involved. We ask that you read the consent forms thoroughly. Place your initials next to each number. Please ensure you bring the consent form(s) with you on the day of your procedure. This gives the doctor your authorization to perform the procedure.  ForMinors (patients ages 17 and under) a parent or legal guardian is required by law to complete and sign the consent form(s).

COPAYMENT:                                  

  •   On the day of your consultation, you will be provided with a proposed treatment plan. The proposed treatment plan provides you with a detailed breakdown of the planned procedure and fees, including the medical and dental code(s) that will be used to submit a claim to your insurance. Please note the co-payment requested on the day of the procedure is only an estimate of what your out of pocket responsibility may be. We recommend you contact your insurance prior to surgery and verify your insurance benefits.

GENERAL ANESTHESIA INCLUDING ORAL SEDATION FOR CHILDREN

Patients going to sleep are required to observe the following:

  •   Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to surgery. This includes water, coffee and juice.
  •   Take any prescribed pre-medication with sips of water one hour before the procedure, unless otherwise instructed.
  •   Continue taking all medications prescribed by your physician with sip of water, unless otherwise instructed.
  •   Wear clothing with loose fitting sleeves.  Long sleeves are okay as long as they are loose.
  •   Do not wear any jewelry on the head or neck.
  •   A responsible adult must accompany you and stay in the office during the procedure.
  •   A responsible adult must be present to care for you during the first 12 hours following surgery.

NITROUS OXIDE (laughing gas)

Patients receiving Nitrous Oxide are required to observe the following:

  •   Do not eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to surgery. This includes water, coffee and juice.
  •   Take any prescribed pre-medication with sips of water one hour before the procedure, unless otherwise instructed.
  •   Continue taking all medications prescribed by your physician with sip of water, unless otherwise instructed.

LOCAL ANESTHESIA (Novocain)

  •   Patients receiving local anesthesia are not required to fast. However if you are unsure and there is any chance you may choose to go to sleep please follow the general anesthesia instructions.

POST-OPERATIVE DIET 

You may want to prepare and have some of these suggested foods ready.

It is IMPORTANT to increase fluid intake after surgery, preferably clear juices or water.

Post-operative diet should be limited to cool (on first day) and soft foods. Suggested foods:

  •   pastas such as spaghetti or macaroni.
  •   breakfast foods such as pancakes with syrup.
  •   jello, pudding, ice-cream, milkshakes.

INSURANCE

  •   We will gladly file all claims to your insurance company on your behalf. Claims generally take 30 days to be processed and paid. Most plans will send you an “explanation of benefit” or EOB, which provides you with a breakdown of how the claim was paid according to your benefit coverage. It is your responsibility to follow up with your insurance company to ensure your claim is processed and paid.