How long is my surgical procedure and why do I need to be at the facility one or two hours prior to my surgery?
Every surgery is different depending on the procedure. It is necessary to arrive early due to paperwork that will need to be completed and the staff getting you comfortable and ready for your surgical procedure.
What is the difference between general anesthesia and a MAC?
General anesthesia is when you are totally asleep. Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) is when you are given a local anesthetic to the area and then a medication to make you feel drowsy, but you are not totally put to sleep.
Why can't I eat or drink anything when I am receiving a MAC?
Even though you are not under a general, the anesthesiologist still requires you to have an empty stomach for a MAC procedure. The anesthesiologist is still present even when a MAC procedure is being performed.
Am I responsible for contacting my insurance company for benefits, eligibility, and pre-certification?
No. That's our job. Our office will make all the necessary insurance calls.
Am I able to drive home myself following the surgical procedure?
That depends. Some surgeries are done under ‘local’ anesthesia, where you are wide awake. For those procedures, you do not have to fast, or have a driver. With any anesthesia that involves some sedation, the facilities will not release you from that facility without a designated driver.
Who do I contact if I have questions about my surgery?
Laurie Ferro is our experienced surgery scheduler and can help answer any questions you may have. Please call her at 707.935.3510