Paitent Information for Surgery in Grand Island, Nebraska



We want you to be as comfortable as possible about your surgical procedure, so we've compiled some basic information to help you feel more at ease. Here you'll find:
  • financial policy and insurance procedures for weight loss surgery patients
  • what you can expect during your first visit
  • a list of questions to ask your physician as you prepare for your surgery

Preparing For Surgery

The questions below will help you be prepared when speaking to your physician on certain occasions.
Before surgery
  • What operation is being recommended?
  • Why is this surgery necessary?
  • Are there other treatment options to this surgery?
  • What are the benefits of this surgery?
  • What are the risks and possible complications of having the operation?
  • Where will the surgery be performed and who will be in the operating room?
  • What type of anesthesia will be given?
  • Will I be able to eat or drink after my surgery?
Concerning post-op expectations and recovery
  • When should I schedule my post-op appointment?
  • How long is the standard recovery for this procedure?
  • What activities should you avoid during recovery?
  • What is expected during the recovery phase?
  • What are signs of abnormalities or complications?
  • When will the desired surgery benefits become evident?
  • What steps should be taken if an adverse reaction occurs?
  • Are there long-term preventative actions that should be taken post-operatively?
Regarding payment options and insurance coverage
  • What are the specific costs of the operation?
  • Will you submit a coverage estimate to my health insurance company or provide the necessary paperwork so I can submit the bid?
  • Will the doctor's office submit the insurance claim for you when procedures are complete?
  • What is the history of coverage for this procedure?
  • What fees will be incurred (i.e. surgeon's fee, hospital fees, other medical personnel fees)?
  • Do you offer financial options, such as a payment plan?
  • Do you accept credit card, personal check or require cash?
  • How much of the total cost is due at time of surgery?
  • Do you require a down payment prior to date of surgery?
  • Are there consultation fees associated with the initial clinic visits or post-operative visits?
  • Is payment due at time of service for these consultations?
  • Do you accept Medicare or Medicaid?
To find out about surgeon's previous experiences
  • What is the physicians experience with the procedure being performed?
  • How many times has he/she performed the surgery?
  • What is the record of successes as well as complications?
  • Does the physician have credentials and/or additional certifications which would make them more qualified to perform the procedure?
  • Is the physician/surgeon affiliated with an accredited healthcare facility or organization?

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