What to Expect (FAQ)


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Do you have questions about the services we provide?

Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but please feel free to call our office if you need additional information. We are always pleased to assist you. For FAQ’s about weight loss surgery and more details procedure questions about General Surgery, please see our Am I Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery? or the individual procedure videos through our site in our Patient Education center. Don’t miss our Hernia Center for more inform there

Q: Do I need a referral to see a surgeon?

A: You only need a referral if your insurance company requires you to have one to see a specialist.

Q: Do I need to have authorization from my insurance company to have surgery?

A: At the time of your consultation, the surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for surgery. Once you have decided to schedule your surgery; our office will contact your insurance company for authorization.

Q: When should I arrive for my appointment?

A: For your first appointment you should arrive 15 minutes early, for subsequent appointments you should arrive 5 minutes early.

Q: What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

A: Bring your photo ID, insurance card, any pertinent medical information such as the prescription drugs, over the counter drugs and vitamins you take, scans and your co-pay and deductible. Downloading and bringing the completed new patient form of this website will save you time.

Q: Will I have surgery the same day I see the doctor?

A: Not unless it’s an emergency. The doctor must first examine you to determine if you are a surgical candidate and to explain the details of your procedure. Any procedure that requires anesthesia must be performed in a hospital or outpatient facility. Surgery scheduling requires coordination between our doctors’ schedule, the hospital’s availability, and the assistant surgeon (if one is needed for your procedure).

Q: If I have a biopsy, how soon will I get the results?

A: Results are usually available in 48 – 72 hours. On occasion, results may take longer. A longer wait for results is NO indication that they will come back "bad". Once the doctor has reviewed your results, our office will contact you immediately. If you do not hear from our office after 72 hours, please feel free to call.

Q: I recently had a Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal). What can I eat?

A: Avoid food that might give you gas for about 2 weeks or until you see our surgeon for follow up in the office. He will then instruct you on what to eat.

Q: When can I drive after surgery?

A: When you are no longer taking pain medications.

Q: How long before I can return to work?

A. Varies depending on the procedure.

Q: What medications should I take the day of surgery?

A: Heart and blood pressure pills. If you are on Coumadin, Plavix or on Aspirin therapy please advise the office. Many times these medications need to be stopped a week to 10 days prior to surgery.