You and your doctor have decided that you will have a surgical procedure. We understand this can be a stressful time for you and your family. We will do our best to make the process as simple as possible and will work hard to ensure that your procedure moves forward in a timely manner.
This packet has been put together to help you prepare for surgery and help you understand the processes necessary to schedule and prepare for the surgery. Please read all of this information carefully so you will know and understand what our office will be doing and what you need to do.
If at any time you have questions, please do not hesitate to call our office and talk to our surgery scheduler or clinical staff.
The surgery scheduling process involves coordinating your schedule and your surgeon’s schedule with the surgical facility’s availability. Our surgery scheduler will contact the facility to schedule your surgery. She will coordinate with your physician’s and hospital’s availability along with the dates you requested to have surgery. While we make every effort to get your surgery on the date requested, it is not always possible. The surgery scheduler will contact you with the date, time, and location of your surgery. If you have already been given a date for surgery, please make note of it. Our surgery scheduler will call you 1 week prior to surgery to give you the time of surgery and other pertinent details. Please make note of all of the information given to you at that time. Please understand, rescheduling is very difficult and any changes can delay your surgery.
If your surgery requires a medical and/or cardiac clearance, you must see the respective physicians and we must receive their letters of clearance before we can schedule surgery.
At times, due to unavoidable circumstances, it may be necessary to change the time of your surgery because of cancellations and/or emergencies. This is infrequent, but may happen. If a change in your surgery time is necessary you will be notified.
If you are currently taking prescription medications, you must contact the prescribing physician regarding possible changes that may be necessary prior to your surgery. Do not take any blood thinning medications such as aspirin, Coumadin, Lovenox, Warfarin 10 days prior to surgery. Aspirin products include Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Naprosyn, Celebrex, Orudis, Plavix, and Lodeine. If you are not sure about a medication, please call our office.
The DAY OF YOUR SURGERY:
1. DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING, OR SMOKE AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SURGERY. If you have medications that must be taken, please verify with the surgery scheduler before taking the medications.
2. Please arrange to have transportation home from the hospital. Taxis cannot take you home as hospital safety regulations prohibit this.
3. Please leave jewelry and valuables at home.
Before you leave for the hospital:
1. Please be sure to have the following: photo ID, insurance card(s), payments or copayments for surgery. Advanced Directive, Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney. Bring cases for your dentures, glasses or contact lenses.
2. If you are staying at the hospital after your surgery, you may want to bring a toothbrush and necessary toiletries you need during your stay.
At the Hospital:
1. Check in at the registration desk at the time given to you by our office.
2. Upon your arrival you will be registered and then directed to the surgical preparation area. Here, you will be able to ask any last minute questions you may have for the surgeon and/or anesthesiologist. A family member can usually come with you.
3. After Surgery, your family will be notified of your condition.
4. Depending on your procedure, you will be discharged upon recovering from anesthesia or you will remain in the hospital.
After your Surgery:
1. If you haven’t already scheduled your follow up appointment, please call our office and schedule an appointment 7-10 days after your surgery date.
2. If FMLA or disability paperwork needs to be filled out, please be sure to get it to our office in a timely manner as it can take 10-15 days to complete the forms. You can also give these forms to our office prior to surgery.
Brian J. Snow, MD, is an active member of a number of organizations that provide health care goods and services. As an owner member of these organizations, the physician is able to provide an influence on the quality, cost and effectiveness of the services and goods that are part of the health care delivered to patients. We recognize that you may want to know of the financial relationships of the physician with any organization that is also involved in the provision of your health care services.
The Texas Medical Board and the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services also requires that the physician provides public information about their financial relations with healthcare facilities and distribution organizations. Therefore, this document serves as notice to you of various investment and financial interests of the physician and/or Snow Orthopaedic Surgery, PLLC.
The physician is an owner and member of the following health care-related facilities and organizations:
• McKinney Surgery Center
• Preferred Imaging of Frisco
• Pharmetrics of Dallas
The physician is also a member of the medical staff at:
• Baylor Medical Center at McKinney- www.baylorhealth.com
• Medical Center of McKinney- www.medicalcenterofmckinney.com
• McKinney Surgery Center- www.mckinneysurgerycenter.com
• Presbyterian Hospital- Allen- www.texashealth.org
• Methodist McKinney Hospital- www.methodistmckinneyhospital.com
• Centennial Medical Center- www.centennialmedcenter.com
• Stonebridge Surgery Center- www.stonebridgesurgerycenter.com
You have a right to request services with the provider or facility of your choice, and are not required to use the facility suggested by your physician. Please advise your physician of your concern and you will be referred to another comparable facility.
Please know, you will not be treated differently by Snow Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Brian Snow, or the staff, if you choose to not use the products, facilities or services initially recommended by your physician. However, not all alternative products, facilities, and services are comparable and accessible for the surgeon to use.
If you have questions about this notice, please discuss them with your surgeon or with a Snow Orthopaedic Surgery team member.