In this appointment the Patient Coordinator and Dr. Brenner will discuss: anatomy and patient concerns, make a plan for what procedures are needed, review procedure details and post instructions. Patient Coordinator answers any additional questions and reviews cost and process for scheduling.
Patient Coordinator will work with the patient and our surgery scheduler to find a time that works best. Once the procedure is scheduled, a pre-operative visit is required (if patient is local). If patient is out of town, pre-op can be done same day as the procedure (if patient is out of town some medications will be sent to pharmacy ahead of time).
Securing your Procedure
In order to have your surgery and pre-operative appointments scheduled, we require a deposit of 50% of the total cost. Remaining cost is due prior to performing the procedure (required at least 7 day in advance of procedure).
During this visit the Patient Coordinator and Dr. Brenner will go over all of the following details in preparation for your procedure: Discuss and sign consents, answer any questions you have, thoroughly review Before/After instructions, give you prescriptions to be filled that you will need for the procedure and recovery, and then take before pictures for your clinical chart.
Dr. Brenner will review the procedure once more. The Patient Coordinator will thoroughly review post-procedure instructions. Preparation for the procedure begins with vitals and medication.
During the procedure, many patients prefer to bring headphones to listen to music, or a sleep mask is provided if you prefer to rest. Once the procedure is finished, there is about a 30 minute “recovery” period where your vitals are monitored prior to allowing you to leave with your friend or family member who has escorted you.
Procedures vary in time from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and if multiple procedures are being done the time is added up. This is discussed with all patients when the procedures are determined.
After your Procedure
The Patient Coordinator will contact you the day after the procedure to check on how you are doing and discuss expectations for your continued recovery.
Follow-up appointments are scheduled based on the procedure. At these visits Dr. Brenner will assess your progress in healing. The first visit is recommended to be within 14 days of the procedure.
This is a surgical procedure and involves stitches and downtime for proper recovery. We expect all patients to follow the post-instructions to the letter and contact us with questions. Healing is different for each patient and is dependent on many factors. We encourage all patients to discuss details of expected recovery with the Patient Coordinator and plan work, travel, and activity accordingly to optimize healing.
The first two weeks, pretend you have the flu…rest and ice are the key to great healing.
At 2-4 weeks post-op, as long as healing is going well and swelling is minimal, you can begin gradually increasing activity. Exercise and lifting is still restricted.
At 4-6 weeks, if you have been cleared at your post-op visit with Dr. Brenner, you can resume normal activity.