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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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Do I need a referral to see a surgeon?
You only need a referral if your insurance company requires you to have one to see a specialist. Please Contact Our Office to find out if your insurance requires a referral.
Do I need to have authorization from my insurance company to have surgery?
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.
When should I arrive for my appointment?
For your first appointment you should arrive 15 minutes early, for subsequent appointments you should arrive 5 minutes early.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
Bring your photo ID, insurance card, any pertinent medical information such as the prescription drugs, over the counter drugs and vitamins you take and your co-pay and deductible. If you prefer to fill out our New Patient Forms prior to arrival, you can find them here.
How do I contact the doctor after the office is closed?
Call the office number and the after hours answering service will contact the physician on call for the group.
Will I have surgery the same day I see the doctor?
Not usually. The doctor must first examine you to determine if you are a surgical candidate and to explain the details of your procedure. There are some procedures that can be performed in the office, but any procedure that requires anesthesia must be performed in a hospital or outpatient facility. Surgery scheduling requires coordination between our doctor’s schedule, the hospital’s availability, and the assistant surgeon (if one is needed for your procedure).
On occasion, if your insurance allows and the doctor feels it is appropriate, breast biopsies may be performed at your first visit.
If I have a biopsy, how soon will I get the results?
Results are usually available in 48 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 48 hours, please feel free to call.
How much activity can I do after an AAA repair?
Shower instead of bathing for the first week. Avoid strenuous exercise. Do not lift anything over 10 pounds.
What other procedures do your physicians perform?
Our physicians perform procedures for abdominal aortic aneurysm, appendectomy, artery problems, deep vein thrombosis, gallbladder, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernia, Advanced & Robotic Hernia Repairs, spider and varicose veins, thyroid, lymphomas, cysts, and many more. Please see a full range of services by Clicking Here.
I have recently had surgery and I am unable to move my bowels.
Several people experience constipation after surgery. This is usually caused as a side effect from pain medication. You can purchase an over-the-counter stool softener and laxative to aid in this process. Increase your fluid consumption and activity.
Males often call and are surprised when their scrotum has enlarged postoperatively.
This is a normal occurrence postoperatively due to this area being a dependent area. You can elevate this area with a towel or by creating a sling with a pillow case. Elevation of the scrotum will aid the fluid accumulation to return to the core of the body and decrease edema.
What can I do to help with pain?
In addition to the pain medication your doctor has sent you home with, you may also add ibuprofen to your pain management. Follow the directions on your purchased ibuprofen. Acetaminophen is not advised because several prescribed medications already contain it. Applying ice to the affected area is also advised for pain relief.
I recently had a cholecystectomy. What can I eat?
Many people experience nausea and vomiting post cholecystectomy. You should stick to a bland diet and advance as tolerated. Slowly introduce food to see what may cause you discomfort. Many people experience increased pain when they eat gas-producing foods and foods high in fat and cholesterol, such as fried foods.
How many days before surgery do I have to have lab work?
Between 3-10 days prior to surgery if possible.
When can I drive post surgery?
When you are no longer taking pain medications.
How long before I can return to work?
Varies depending on the procedure.
When will I need to see the surgeon after surgery?
7-10 days
What medications should I take the day of surgery?
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.

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