Preparing for your first visit

Preparing for your procedure

For your health and safety we are very strict about the procedure process. Always consider the following 6 steps.

1. Eight Hours Before

Unless you request or are told otherwise your procedure will be done with IV sedation. Because of this you should not have anything to eat or drink 8 hours prior to your appointment time. If you eat or drink anything less than 8 hours before your appointment, you may be rescheduled.

2. The Day of the Procedure

On the day of your procedure you should take your daily medications as usual unless told otherwise. Use just enough water to get your pills down. If you have any questions or concerns about this please call and speak to a nurse before your appointment.

3. For Diabetics

If you are a diabetic you will need to let us know before your procedure is scheduled. Whenever possible you should schedule morning appointments. Any questions regarding how much or when to take your insulin should be directed to a nurse.

4. If you take a Blood Thinner

If you take any type of blood thinner s we will need to know about this prior to your appointment. Depending on the type of procedure you are having you may need to stop taking blood thinners for a few days before your procedure. You should talk to a nurse for instructions on how and when to do this.

5. Illness

Should you become ill or develop an infection of any kind before your procedure, you must let us know as soon as possible. The nurse will consult with Dr. Ferro to evaluate whether your appointment will need to postponed until you are feeling better. If you show up for your appointment ill your procedure will need to be rescheduled.

6. Arrival Time

On the day of your procedure your arrival time will be approximately 30 minutes prior to your procedure. This allows us the time needed to process your paperwork, answer any questions you may have and prepare you for the procedure. If you arrive late- 15 minutes or more, there is a chance you may be rescheduled.

Checking on your Progress

7-10 days after your procedure we will call you to find out how you are doing. If we end up leaving you a message you should call us and leave a message on extension 207.

Please speak slow and clearly. Tell us just four things

1. Your Name

2. What percentage of pain control you feel you have – (0 to 100)

3. What you thought your pain was before the procedure- (0 to 10)

4. What you think your pain is when leaving this message- (0 to 10)