Do I have to have a consult visit before I can schedule surgery?
At the present time we require all patients to be evaluated in consultation before surgery is scheduled. Surgery will not be performed at the initial visit. Even if you have been evaluated by another physician who has recommended operative treatment, there are a number of issues that must be resolved before surgery can be scheduled.
-Is surgery actually needed?
-How much time will be required to perform the surgery?
-Where will the surgery take place…office vs surgery center?
-Are there any medical issues that may impact a surgical procedure?
-Are there any medications that may impact a surgical procedure?
Additionally, we attempt to obtain preauthorization prior to any scheduled surgical intervention and most insurance companies will not preauthorize a surgical procedure if the patient has not been evaluated by the surgeon requesting preauthorization.