We will then schedule a discussion over video to see if you would be a candidate for surgery or consider other nonoperative options. You do not need to decide if you are going to pursue surgery at this point.
Some insurance plans require an in-person evaluation to schedule surgery. We may have to schedule a separate preoperative visit a few weeks before surgery to provide enough time to obtain Prior Authorization.
If you prefer an in-person visit after the virtual visit, we will set this up at this time.
Our surgical scheduler will help you obtain preoperative bloodwork, x-rays, labs, EKG, and medical clearances as necessary. You must obtain all of these within one month before surgery. We will also review your travel itinerary.
Many insurance companies will cover the cost of your travel from neighbor islands. You may need to obtain this authorization via your primary care physician for travel.
If you are scheduled to have your surgery at our surgery center, we can schedule your preoperative visit the day before your surgery. This will limit your expenses and any difficulties with travel.
You will have an in-person visit with Dr. Morton to answer any other remaining questions.
Your preoperative medications will be sent to a pharmacy of your convenience. Please pick these up before surgery.
You will attend a virtual class where your surgery and expectations will be addressed with one of our surgical nurse navigators. Any questions not discussed during your visit can be addressed here.
You will arrive at the hospital or surgery center and be escorted to the preoperative area. The preoperative nurses will prepare 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.