For most major elective surgeries your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed on the same day as the consultation. Certain procedures also require a preauthorization from your insurance company. When there is a complex medical history or treatment plan our physicians may need to consult with your primary care or specialist physicians prior to scheduling your surgical appointment.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip and any x-rays if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
A preoperative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. Please have nothing to eat or drink six hours prior to your surgery. You will also need an adult to drive you home.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, liver disease or immune compromise) or if you are currently taking any medication on a daily basis (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, blood thinners, osteoporosis medications, etc) or if your doctor or dentist has placed you on any new medications.
If your dentist or physician has taken diagnostic radiographs, you may request them or have them forwarded to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.