If there comes a time in your treatment that surgery is determined to be the best line of care you, an assistant to the doctor will schedule the surgery, explain the details and continue with you through the entire process to ensure consistent care. The assistant will be able to tell you what to expect prior to, during, and as you recover from surgery.
Our clinical team will make sure you are as comfortable as possible and that all expectations are explained prior to the surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us during office hours.
If you have a medical condition that requires a pre-operative medical clearance, we’ll assist you in scheduling that appointment with your primary care physician. You can also expect a follow-up call at home a few days after your surgery just to see how you’re doing and if you have any questions.
Recovery times vary depending on the surgery and our physicians will provide specific instructions for your recovery. It is important to follow these, as trying to hasten your progress can lead to unexpected complications.
Medications will be prescribed based on need and will be monitor closely for your safety.
Preparing for surgery
- Please stop taking these medicaitons seven days prior to surgery: aspirin, coumadin, plavix, and all anti-inflammatory medications. Our clinical staff will coordinate with the surgery department to make sure you are clear on your specific medications and what to do with each of them prior to surgery.
- After midnight, the night before your surgery, you should take only your blood pressure and breathing medications.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before your surgery.
- If you are diabetic, please don’t take any insulin medications the morning of the surgery unless otherwise instructed. This will be managed through the surgery procedure
- If you smoke, please abstain the night before your surgery. Doing so will help you recover from anesthesia much faster.
- Please bring all your medications, including insulin and inhalers, with you to surgery.
- Have someone scheduled to drive you home following surgery. You will not be allowed to drive yourself.