Here are some answers to common questions patients have, for any other questions, you can contact us here. Please note, these are general recommendations for informational purposes only. Questions and answers are not intended as medical advice. Again, please consult your physician if you have specific questions or concerns:
1. How do I setup a consult with a surgeon?
You can schedule a consultation with one of our many qualified surgeons, by calling his or her office listing in our directory. Contact us now to schedule your consultation.
2. How soon can I get a consultation?
Consultations can typically be made within 1-2 weeks and often sooner depending on the urgency of your needs and the surgeon’s availability.
3. Do I have to have a referral to see the surgeon?
Some insurance companies may require you to have a referral. You can contact one of our offices, your insurance company, or your primary care physician to see if your insurance has this requirement.
4. What if I don’t see my insurance listed?
Insurance companies can change what patients and what services are covered at any time. We try and keep our website as accurate as possible, but if you don’t see your insurance listed, the best thing to do is call our office at 904.396.1725. We’ll then be able to give you a more definitive answer about your coverage at our practice.
5. What if I don’t have insurance?
We try and do what we can to help as many patients as possible. To discuss potential alternative financial arrangements call 904.396.1725.
6. Do you have a payment plan?
Some offices participate in financing plans like Care Credit that can help you pay for your surgical procedure.
7. What do I need to do before surgery?
Most patients generally need to abstain from any food or drink after midnight the day before your surgery. If you are on a blood thinner like Aspirin, Plavix, or Coumadin, you should discuss possibly stopping this with your surgeon prior to surgery.
8. How long will recovery take?
Recovery can vary from patient to patient and depending on the type of surgery you elect to have. To learn more specifically about the estimated time of recovery, consult with your surgeon.
9. When can I shower, lift something, drive and more after surgery?
After surgery, the recovery can vary from a few days to weeks depending on the procedure you have had. 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.
10. What happens at my first visit?
You will meet your surgeon, discuss your medical history and current symptoms or surgical goals, and then formulate a treatment plan unique to your circumstances.
11. Where will I have surgery?
Your surgery can be performed in a number of locations. Our team of surgeons have partnered with a number of different hospitals and surgery centers to provide access to their expertise throughout Northeast Florida.