Here are some of North Florida Surgeons’ most frequently asked questions. If your concern isn’t listed or you need further clarification, please feel free to contact us.
Please note that these are general recommendations and are intended for informational purposes only, not as medical advice. For any specific questions or concerns, we advise that you consult your physician.
How do I schedule a consultation with a surgeon?
Setting up a consultation with one of our many qualified surgeons is as simple as calling his or her office listing in our directory. Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you get started.
How soon can I get a consultation?
Consultations are usually available within 1-2 weeks and often sooner depending on the urgency of your needs and the surgeon’s availability.
Will I need a referral to see the surgeon?
It depends on your insurance company. You can contact one of our offices, your insurance company or your primary care physician to find out if your insurance has this requirement.
What if I don’t see my insurance listed?
We strive to keep our website as accurate and up to date as possible, but insurance companies can change their coverage offerings at any time. If you don’t see your insurance listed, please call our office at 904-396-1725. We’ll be able to give you a more definitive answer about what your insurance covers at North Florida Surgeons.
What if I don’t have insurance?
We are always committed to helping as many patients as possible. If you’d like to discuss alternative payment options, please call us at 904-396-1725.
Do you have a payment plan?
Some of our offices participate in financing plans like Care Credit to help you pay for your surgical procedure.
What will I need to do before my surgery?
Most patients generally need to abstain from any food or drink after midnight the day before surgery. If you are on a blood thinner like Aspirin, Plavix, or Coumadin, your surgeon may advise you to stop prior to your procedure.
How long will my recovery take?
Recovery times depend on the type of surgery and can vary from patient to patient. Your surgeon will be able to tell you more about your estimated time of recovery and what to expect.
When can I shower, lift something, drive and get back to normal after surgery?
Most patients can shower within a few days, but you should consult with your surgeon to discuss your particular needs. Patients should refrain from driving typically until they are no longer taking prescription pain medications. Most surgeons will ask you avoid lifting objects over 10-15 pounds for 3 weeks, but in some cases, the lifting restriction may need to be longer to allow for proper healing. The time it takes to resume all of your regular activities can vary from a few days to weeks depending on the procedure, but your surgeon will be able to tell you more specifically.
What happens at my first visit?
You will meet your surgeon, discuss your medical history and current symptoms or surgical goals, then formulate a treatment plan unique to your individual circumstances.
Where will I have surgery?
Your surgery can be performed in a number of locations depending on which is most convenient for you. While we’re headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, our team of surgeons have partnered with a number of different hospitals and surgery centers throughout North Florida and the Southeastern U.S.