Once a surgical date is scheduled, a pre-operative appointment is made for 1-2 weeks prior to a patient’s surgical date. During this appointment, a patient’s blood will be drawn (required if a patient is having general anesthesia), before photos are taken, surgical/treatment consents are explained and signed, the remaining surgical balance is paid, a patient is sized once more with implants (if requiring implants).
The patient will meet with Dr. Bandy again to review and finalize the course of action to be taken as well as discuss any questions, comments or concerns. Also at this time, pre and postoperative care will be discussed, and prescriptions for medication are given as indicated. The pre-operative appointment is typically 1-2 hours in length and allows for any questions, comments or concerns not previously discussed in a consultation to be addressed.
We want every patient to have all of their questions answered thoroughly so that they have a clear understanding of the procedure and what is to be expected prior to surgery, immediately after surgery and for the post-operative recovery time. Patients over 50 are required to have an EKG (within the past 6 months) and/or have medical clearance by their primary physician prior to a pre-operative appointment if they will be having a general anesthesia. This will all be discussed and confirmed during a consultation appointment. Additional testing and/or retesting is rare, but is a possibility and will need to be completed with results produced and available to our office prior to surgery.