When will my surgery be?
In most cases, the date of your surgery is flexible and we will work with you to determine a suitable date. In some cases however, we may have to schedule your surgery urgently and in those cases the surgery time will be dependent on the level of urgency and operating room availability.

 

Once a date is determined, the hospital will call you the day before your surgery to confirm the time of your surgery. If you do not hear from them you can try to reach the surgical scheduler directly. Hospital phone numbers can be found here.

 

What do I need to do to prepare for my surgery?
You may have to see your primary care physician (PCP) for pre-operative clearance. You may also have to have some lab work drawn and an EKG done. The hospital may call you to coordinate this, or it may be coordinated through your PCP’s office.

 

The night before your surgery, you are to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight. We will let you know which of your medications you are allowed to take with a sip of water the morning of your surgery. If you are on a blood thinner, we may ask you to stop taking it before your surgery.

 

Hospitals and surgery centers typically ask that you arrive between one and one and a half hours before the scheduled start of your surgery to allow adequate time for registration and pre-operative evaluation by the anesthesiologist. We will provide you with directions to the hospital and we’ll let you know where to go once you get there. Directions can also be found here.

 

What can I expect after my surgery?
After surgery, you will have a patch and shield on your eye and you may have to position your head in a certain way. If you are asked to be in a face-down position, you may find the use of positioning equipment to be helpful. Positioning equipment provider information can be found here. You will also be given a sheet with instructions immediately after your surgery, a blank copy of which can be found here.

 

You will have an appointment in our office the day after your surgery. We will take off your patch and start you on eye drops in the office. You should also plan on several follow-up visits during the first few months after your surgery to monitor your progress.