If I am a first time patient, what should I expect?

These tips will help you obtain the maximum benefit from your visit with us:
You will be asked to fill out a new patient registration form.
You should bring any test results or films with you. These can be obtained by contacting the facility where they were performed and requesting to pick them up.

Request that any reports from your tests be mailed or faxed to us.  Our fax number is 609-978-3123.  Please bring your insurance card. We will need to make a copy for your medical records.

What can I eat before my surgery?

Minor procedures in the office require no change in diet.  Patients having surgery in the hospital should not take anything by mouth after midnight, the night before (see medications-below).

Do I take my regular medications the morning of surgery?

Patients taking blood pressure, heart or psychiatric medications should take these as regularly scheduled with a sip of water if they normally take them in the morning. Diabetics taking Insulin or oral hypoglycemics should discuss the timing and dosage of their medications with the doctor. Patients on anticoagulation therapy (blood-thinners like Coumadin, Aspirin, etc.) should discuss this therapy with the doctor as well. Other medications should be held unless otherwise instructed.

Is there any special preparation for my surgery?

Most procedures do not require other specific preparation.

Can I drive home from the hospital after surgery?

Most patients will need to be taken home and have someone stay with them the first night. Some patients having relatively minor procedures under local anesthesia can drive home. Discuss this with the doctor.

Will the doctor speak with my family after the surgery?

Yes. If your family cannot wait in the hospital, leave a number with the staff so the doctor can contact them.

Can I take a shower after ambulatory (Same-Day) surgery?

In most cases, yes. Discuss this with the doctor.

When can I resume normal activities?

As a rule, hernia and abdominal surgery patients should refrain from any strenuous activity or exercise for 6-8 weeks, to minimize the chance of injuring the incision. Patients having minor surgery can resume normal activities in 1-2 weeks.

I have some bruising and swelling around the incision. Is this OK?

A certain amount is not unusual postoperatively. Call the doctor if you have any concerns.

I feel a firm ridge of tissue under the scar. Is this normal?

This “healing ridge” is normal and can take months to disappear.

What should I do if my incision seems red/inflamed or begins to drain some fluid?

Call the doctor. This may be an indication of infection.

What should I do if I get constipated after surgery?
Inactivity, incisional pain and narcotic pain relievers contribute to constipation after surgery. This is usually relieved by walking, avoiding foods that are difficult to digest and taking enough fluid by mouth. If this persists for more than a few days, call the doctor for specific measures.  If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to call 609-978-3325.