Q. What can I expect during my initial visit?
A. Every office runs a little differently as each ASOPRS physician will have a different protocol. However, once you make an appointment with an ASOPRS physician their office will provide you all of the information you will need. Most often, the initial visit is an opportunity to meet the surgeon and discuss your concerns as well as for the surgeon to give you an idea of what treatment options are available.
Q. If I decide to have surgery, when can it be scheduled?
A. Your ASOPRS physician will explain how and when you can schedule surgery. The scheduling depends on availability, and for certain cases, insurance pre certification.
Q. How much is the surgery going to cost?
A. In order to provide you with fees for procedures, the physician needs to see and evaluate you. Each patient is different and has his or her own combination set of problems, options, concerns and structural/functional and aesthetic goals which must be addressed individually and personally. As a result, the doctor and staff will review with you the cost of various procedures and options at the time of your surgery.
Q. When is payment for surgery due?
A. If the service is not covered by insurance most office will require at least a deposit to confirm the date of surgery and then the balance before the surgery is performed.
Q. Can I finance my surgery?
A. If the service is not covered by your insurance many of the ASOPRS physicians provide some type of financing. We encourage you to ask early in the conversation if this is an issue.
Q. Where will my surgery be performed?
A. Surgery by ASOPRS members is typically performed in out patient accredited facilities or hospitals. The practice will provide the information to you.
Q. Will my surgery be performed under general or local anesthesia?
A. The surgeon will decide which is the most effective anesthesia for your particular situation and provide you information on this.
Q. How much time should I plan to take off work following surgery?
A. Normally most patients feel comfortable returning to work and resuming their social activities in about two weeks. This may vary depending on your type of procedure and how quickly you heal.
Q. Is there anything I should do to prepare for my surgery beforehand?
A. Yes!
• See your primary care physician or internist 3-4 weeks prior to your surgery for standard preoperative clearance. You will have blood drawn and an EKG. You will need to take the History and Physical Exam form with you to the appointment which explains to your physician what blood work to order. If you live out of the area you may have this done near your home.
• Avoid medications which thin your blood per your surgeon's instructions. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, Excedrin and Coumadin. Also avoid vitamins E & C and herbal supplements such as Gingko Biloba and St. John’s Wart. Patients who are taking daily doses of aspirin and Coumadin may need to see their cardiologist, in addition to seeing their internist or regular primary doctor, to be cleared for surgery. Coumadin may be resumed one week following surgery.
• Schedule a preoperative visit in with the surgeon. This is separate from your initial consultation and not the same as a surgery clearance with your internist or primary care physician. If you live out of the area, your preoperative visit may be scheduled a day or two before your procedure provided you were cleared for surgery by your local physician.
• Make arrangements for someone to pick you up the day of your surgery and someone to stay with you for at least the first 8 hours.
Q. What should I avoid during my recovery period?
A. Refrain from doing any activity that has the potential to raise your blood pressure such as exercising, bending, lifting, brisk walking and sexual activity. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Do not take medicines or supplements which thin the blood. The doctor will inform you when it is safe to resume these activities.
Q. When will my first follow up appointment be scheduled?
A. Anywhere from 1 – 7 days following surgery. The doctor will determine this on the day of your procedure. You will be given an appointment for your first post operative visit along with detailed instructions which you must follow carefully.
Q. When will my stitches be removed?
A. Normally in about one week, or when the wound is adequately healed.
Q. Can I do anything to minimize bruising and swelling?
A. Yes.
• Sleep in a reclining (not horizontal) position for 1 week following surgery to minimize the collection of fluids in the face and eyelids.
• Follow the instructions you will be given about making and administering your cold and warm compresses. These will not only reduce bruising and swelling but will maximize and promote healing.
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