If your doctor has recommended that a surgical procedure would be the best option for your current health condition, here is how the process of scheduling your surgery will look like.
PRE-OPERATIVE APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR DOCTOR
You will have your pre-operative appointment with your doctor where you will discuss the options for your surgery. During your pre-operative appointment, you will be asked to sign all necessary consent forms related to your procedure. Please use this appointment to ask your doctor all the questions you might have.
REAL TIME SCHEDULING WITH YOUR SURGICAL COORDINATOR
During your preoperative visit your doctor will call one of our Surgical Coordinators. With your surgical coordinator you will discuss and review the following:
- The next available date for your procedure
- You will receive a tentative date
- Before we can schedule your procedure, your insurance benefits have to be verified. Depending on your insurance and your plan this process usually takes 1-2 business days.
- After your benefits are verified you will receive a call from our surgical coordinator who will give you options on where your surgery can be performed. Depending on your benefits, your procedure will be performed at our GYN Surgical Institute or at a local hospital.
- The Surgical Coordinator will then schedule your procedure at the facility that you have chosen.This process takes 1-2 business days.
- At this time your Pre-Operative visit with our Physician’s Assistant will be scheduled to make sure that you are cleared for your procedure.
- The Surgical Coordinator will also schedule your post-op appointment with your doctor.
- You will receive an email from our Surgical Coordinator with detailed instructions on how to prepare for the surgery and all other information related to the day of your procedure.
Your Pre-Operative Visit
Your preoperative visit will be scheduled with one of our Physician’s Assistants. Depending on doctor requests, here are some of the tests that might be performed during your preoperative visit:
- Blood Test
- Blood Pressure
- Pulmonary Functions Test
- Electrocardiogram (EKG / ECG)
Also during your pre-operative appointment, your complete procedure will be explained and everything that needs to be done before and after the surgery will be discussed. We are here to help so please use this appointment to discuss concerns you may have in regards to your procedure.
A Week Before
Please keep in mind that you will go over all of the details of your procedure at the pre-operative visit. Here are some general guidelines that will give you an idea of what you can expect.
In general, during the week prior to the procedure, we ask our patients to avoid the following medications: Advil, Mortin, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Vitamin E and over the counter herbal medication. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on which blood thinners you may take.
You will need to coordinate with a friend or family member so that they may accompany you to and from our facility on the day of your procedure. In case you do not have transportation to our facility or to your home after the procedure, please let us know and we will help you coordinate transportation.
The Night Before
On the night prior to your procedure, we ask that you have no food or water after midnight.
Exception: Blood pressure medication may be taken on the morning of your procedure with a small sip of water.
You may take some medications the morning of surgery. The pre-operative interview provider will go over the permissible medications with you during your pre-operative visit. Please bring any medications not discussed with the provider, that you feel you need to take, to the Surgery Institute on the day of the procedure.
The night before your surgery you will receive a call from our Anesthesiologist who will discuss details about your anesthesia with you.
The Day of Your Procedure
Please arrive to our facility one hour before your scheduled surgical time. Provide the front desk with the name and contact information of your designated companion. Because of limited space in our waiting area, we ask our patients to only bring one person with them. If more friends or family members would like to accompany you during your procedure, our front office staff will provide them with a list of activities that can be done in the surrounding area while waiting for you, should they desire.
Most importantly, remember we are here to help. Please ask questions throughout this process!
After the Procedure
After the procedure is complete, you will receive your post-operative medication packaged in our GYN Surgical Institute box to ensure that your recovery course is as comfortable as possible. The contents of the box includes: Duexis for pain management (this is to be taken every 8 hours with or without food), Zuplenz for nausea as needed, stool softener as needed and Simethicone for gas pains.
Prior to your discharge, the recovery nurse will review important instructions with you which may include the following:
Pelvic rest, no bath tub use, intercourse, tampons or swimming pool use for 1-4 weeks after your procedure.
You are to notify our staff immediately of the following:
Temperature over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
Nausea not relieved by medication
Pain out of proportion to expectation
Bleeding in excess of one pad per hour
To Reach our Office
Please call our GYN Emergent Care Center at 855 376 2496
Monday – Saturday: 8am – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 8pm
If you are calling during times not listed above, please call 562 424 8422 to reach our after-hours service which will transfer you to your surgeon or our doctor on call.