What about my medical history?
Upon arrival at our office you will be asked to complete a medical history form. It may be helpful for you to bring a list of medications and illnesses.
Please also request that your referring doctor forward a copy of your biopsy report and any other pertinent records to our office prior to your appointment.
What about my medications?
Continue any medications prescribed by your doctor. However, aspirin is a drug that may prolong bleeding. We ask that you avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing products (including Anacin, Bufferin, Excedrin, Alka Seltzer, and Percodan), and products containing Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for one week prior to surgery. You may take Tylenol any time before surgery if needed for pain. If you are taking blood thinners, (Coumadin, Plavix), please call our office before your scheduled surgery. In addition, alcohol will also promote bleeding; so avoid alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery. Please avoid wearing make-up, perfume, nail polish, and jewelry, as these may also interfere with the areas to be treated.
What about transportation (and safety)?
It is strongly recommended that you arrange for a companion to drive you to and from the doctor's office on the day of surgery. Even though many surgeries may seem "minor," sometimes the necessary bandages may interfere with vision or mobility and can make driving dangerous. In addition, some patients may require a light sedative for surgery and will be prohibited from driving afterward.
We suggest that you eat a normal breakfast on the day of surgery, unless other special instructions have been provided by your referring physician.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
We accept assignment on Medicare, and many other insurers. If you have questions regarding which secondary insurance plans we bill, or if you have questions regarding submission of a claim to a secondary insurance company, our business office staff will be happy to assist you. Expenses not covered include insurance deductibles, co-pay amounts, and occasionally office visits and surgery center deductibles. Please check with your insurance company if you have questions about coverage or pre-authorization. We would not want anyone to be denied medical care because of an inability to pay. If you have difficulties understanding or paying our bill, we encourage you to discuss your problem with the Business Office staff. Also, please contact your insurance company before surgery if prior authorization is required.