Planning Your Surgery
TO BEGIN PLANNING YOUR SURGERY:
Download and print the 13-page Surgery Manual called Pre-operative Instructions and Recovery Information. This document explains 100% of your surgical preparation and recovery. Read it well before your visit and write down all your questions.
Bring this document to the hospital. It describes your recovery in great detail. It contains your discharge instructions that offer the most comfortable and speediest recovery. It includes a listing of problems that warrant an emergency call. Please re-read the Discharge to Home section before you leave the hospital.
“ONE STOP” OPTION FOR PATIENTS FROM A DISTANCE:
Patients seeking care from afar have the option of combining their preoperative consultation visit with their surgery visit so there is only one trip. Please first download my Five Intake Pages, and the 13-page Surgery Manual called Pre-operative Instructions and Recovery Information. Fill in the questions fully and carefully, and fax them to our office along with any pathology, pap, blood or radiology reports that you may have been given by your other physicians. Your doctor referring you here may have a copy of both my intake questionnaire and 13-page surgery manual in their office.
Upon receiving the medical records and your completed intake patient forms, Dr. O'Hanlan will review them and call you to discuss your diagnosis and treatment and to schedule any additional tests before your surgery date.
Every surgery we do is pre-“authorized” by your insurance. We will contact your insurance company for this authorization. Bring your insurance card to the hospital.
A thorough exam and consult will take place in the first portion of the visit. In the second portion, Dr. O'Hanlan will share all the information she has gleaned from all sources, and discuss the proposed surgery, its risks, benefits and alternatives. All your and your family’s questions will be answered. The consent you sign represents that you understand your care plan and agree to have the procedure written on it.
Usually you will stay one night in the hospital, and if from afar, one more additional night locally after your discharge form the hospital. Your home-town referring physician will help with your post-operative care, and we report your findings and send copies of your procedures to their office during your recovery.
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