Prepare for Surgery
Our team is here to help make the process of scheduling and preparing for surgery less stressful. Please contact our surgical coordinator with any questions.
After the initial decision for surgery has been made and your physician submits the order, we will verify benefits with your insurance carrier. Then, our surgical coordinator will contact you to review the estimated out of pocket expense, confirm the surgery date, schedule the pre-op visit, and provide other important details. Our policy is to collect co-pays/co-insurance at the pre-op visit and maintain a credit card on file to be used for any balance that may remain after the claim has processed.
We take our patients’ scheduling needs and considerations into account when choosing a date, and then coordinate the patient’s needs with the surgeon’s schedule and Rex Hospital’s availability. It is a complicated and time-consuming process. There is a $150 fee for canceling a surgery without providing a two-week notice.
If you anticipate having to fill out Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or short-term disability paperwork, please bring these forms to the pre-op appointment or fax them to 919-790-1254. The forms will be returned to the patient unless accompanied by a written authorization form which allows us to release medical information to a third party.
In general, all patients should follow the following basic preoperative instructions:
- A pre-op appointment with your surgeon will be scheduled within 10 days of surgery to review medical history, discuss any medications you are taking, order pre-surgical blood work if indicated, and sign surgical consents. Specifically, blood-thinning medication may need to be stopped about 7-10 days before the procedure. The surgeon will provide specific instructions about which medications you should stop taking as well as any that should be taken on the day of the surgery.
- Do not take any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, Aleve, Aspin, etc.) for seven (7) days prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
- Unless otherwise instructed, patients should have nothing to eat or drink for 12 hours before the procedure.
- Arrive at the hospital 2 hours before the scheduled surgery time.
- Follow the doctor’s instructions on the need for bowel preparation prior to surgery.
Postoperative Care Instructions
Below are general postoperative care instructions for surgeries provided by our physicians. This information is not intended to replace specific instructions from your doctor. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
If you have urgent needs after normal business hours call 919-876-9797 and leave a detailed message. The physician on call should return your call within 30 minutes. Call 911 for emergencies and life-threatening situations.