We advise patients from Neighbor Islands to undergo an in-person evaluation to schedule surgery. This will provide the smoothest preparation for your surgery, as face-to-face visits provide the best experience.
You may schedule your visit with us at a time that is convenient for you. Many insurance companies will cover the cost of your travel. You may need to obtain this authorization via your primary care physician for travel.
You will need to obtain a COVID-19 test 72 hours before your travel date to avoid quarantine when you return home. As of May 11, 2021, you may travel without a COVID test if you have been fully vaccinated. Visit the Safe Travels website to learn more.
You will attend a virtual preoperative course where your surgery and expectations will be addressed. Any questions not discussed during your visit can be addressed here.
If you are located on the Big Island, you may perform a preoperative telehealth visit at The Queen’s Medical Center Hilo and Kona locations, where medical history and physical will be done to clear you for surgery.
Your preoperative medications will be sent to a pharmacy of your convenience. Please pick these up before surgery.
You may need to check the updated travel requirements via the state website and our office. You will need to obtain a COVID-19 test 72 hours before the date of your surgery. This test may be done at any Diagnostic Clinic Labs or Clinical Laboratories in Hawaii. We have testing available at DLS services at Queen’s Medical Center.
You will arrive at the Queen’s Medical Center and be escorted to the preoperative area. The preoperative nurses will prep you for surgery. Dr. Morton will then visit you and answer any last-minute questions. The anesthesiologist will introduce themselves and perform any necessary preoperative anesthetic procedure.
If you would like a first-start case, you will be required to fly in the day before.