The First Step – Meeting with Your Surgeon
If you or a loved one is facing the prospect of surgery, you likely have lots of questions and concerns that you want addressed knowledgeably, completely, forthrightly – and with compassion.
Every patient is unique, but we’re experienced in answering common questions like:
- Why is this procedure being recommended? Are there alternatives to surgery?
- If surgery is required, what are my surgical options and what is involved in each scenario?
- What are the benefits versus the risks of undergoing this procedure?
- Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
- What is robotic surgery? Am I a candidate for it?
- How long will my surgery take?
- How long will it take to recover?
- How much post-operative pain can I expect and how will it be managed?
- How much scarring will I have?
- Will I need any kind of follow-up treatments or therapy?
- When can I expect to return to my normal activities?
- How much will the procedure cost? Will my insurance cover it?
- What is my prognosis for a full recovery and living a long, healthy life?
No matter what your questions are or how many you have, our highly trained and skilled surgical team is dedicated to keeping you fully informed every step of the way. We want to ensure that all of your questions are answered respectfully, and that you feel comfortable about your procedure and its anticipated outcome.
The first step in the process is your Surgical Consultation.
During the initial surgical consultation, you’ll meet with your surgeon to discuss the surgery and other potential treatment options for your medical condition. Your surgeon will conduct a physical examination and thoroughly review your medical history with you. This medical review will include an evaluation of your previous and current medical conditions, surgeries and procedures, medications and any other health issues, such as allergies, that may affect your surgery.
Your surgeon will take as much time as needed to fully answer all of your questions and ensure that you understand the potential benefits and risks of the procedure. Contemplating surgery is stressful, so we encourage you to prepare a list of questions beforehand to bring with you.
Your surgeon will also explain and set up any pre-operative tests needed prior to surgery. While each patient’s presurgery tests are tailored to their specific diagnosis and circumstances, some of the most common ones include:
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Chest x rays
- Pulmonary function tests
- Computed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)
- Heart function tests, such as electrocardiogram or echocardiogram
If you’ve had any of these tests performed elsewhere within the past six months, you can have the results forwarded to the Heartburn and Acid Reflux Center.
In addition, our surgeons employ a comprehensive array of specialized, advanced methods to diagnose all types of gastrointestinal conditions. These minimally invasive procedures offered in an outpatient setting include:
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), which involves inserting a small camera through the esophagus and into the stomach to view the inside of the upper GI tract
- Bravo pH monitoring, which is connected at the time of the EGD to track the frequency and duration of acid reflux along with symptom correlation over a 48-hour period
- High-resolution manometry testing with the latest equipment that can quantitatively determine if and when the LES is not working properly, as well as monitor the overall movement of the esophagus
Your pre-surgical assessment may also include meetings with the anesthesiologist and other health care providers who will manage your care during and after surgery.
miVIP’s dedicated team is committed to providing our patients with the high-quality medical treatment they deserve in an outpatient setting. Call us today to learn more about the comprehensive, minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment options we offer – (855) 648-4799.